Mum told to pull down wreath from door over 'corridor policy' or face £30 fine

A MUM was ordered to take down a Christmas wreath from her front door over health and safety rules – or face a £30 fine. 

Harriet Myers, 38, found her housing firm had taken down her festive garland land left it on the floor with a note threatening a 'removal charge' if she put it back up. 

Bosses at Selwood Housing claimed the wreath was an obstruction because it broke 'clear corridor' rules.  

The Christmas decoration was put up by her daughter Alisha Rogers, 19, and had been on the front door for a week before it was removed. 

Retail manager Harriet blasted the housing firm told The Sun: "Selwood are like the Grinch trying to ruin Christmas.

"It's barmy and incredibly frustrating. 

"We had the wreath up on the front door for a week, nobody complained and it didn't fall down. 

“I came home from work and the wreath had been taken off the door and put on the floor.

"Nobody has said anything, nobody has knocked on the door and politely asked us to remove it. 

"They've just come up when I was out, pulled the wreath down and then threatened a fine.

"It's rude and unnecessary.

"Where's the Christmas spirit? We're not causing anybody any harm."

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Selwood claimed Christmas decorations can be flammable and could be a trip hazard on an escape route. 

The note threatened Harriet with a £30 fine if she put the decoration back up because it was against the “clear corridor policy”.

The back said: “Clear corridors help save lives”.

Mum-of-one Harriet, of Frome, Somerset, claims housing firm Selwood ordered her to remove her doormat earlier this year for the same reason. 

She added: "I'm reluctant to put it back up because I don't want to pay £30. 

"The wreath was a lovely part of our flat's Christmas decorations and but now we've been let down by Selwood."

A Selwood Housing spokesman said: "To keep our customers safe, we have a clear corridor policy in all apartment blocks. 

"This is to protect the safety of all residents and visitors in the event of a fire or other emergency. 

"We want our customers to enjoy Christmas and there are no limits on decorations inside customers’ homes; however items in communal areas pose a risk in the event of a fire and as a landlord, safety is our top priority.

"Many Christmas decorations are combustible so could add fuel to a fire. Items in corridors are also a potential trip hazard on an escape route, particularly if visibility is reduced.

"Our clear corridor policy covers large items like prams, as well as Christmas decorations, to ensure exits are clear if needed and that there are no combustible items on these exit routes.

"If any items are left in communal areas, the owner is asked to remove it within a week. Only if the request is ignored would we charge for removal."


 

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