26 MayBunting Ban “Miscommunication”

A apparent “ban” on hanging jubilee bunting in a Somerset town has been lifted, after the county council denied ever banning it in the first place.

On Friday, newspapers reported that Somerset County Council had banned traders in the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea hanging bunting between lamp posts due to safety fears.

However, the row is now over, after the council announced that it hadn’t even been approached about street decorations in the town.

A council spokesperson said: “There was no approach from Burnham-on-Sea chamber of trade to the council regarding the fixing of bunting to our street lamps, nor has there ever been a ban.

“We are pleased to support Burnham-on-Sea celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

He added: “An engineer has met the Chamber of Trade and agreed that bunting can be fixed to the lampposts in the High Street they have chosen. We are happy for bunting to go up across the county for any occasion, but organisers should always contact Somerset Highways first.”

Before mix-up was put right, Jonathan Walter, a chamber of trade spokesman said that the chamber wanted to hang bunting between shops and street lamps. But it had been told by the local council that county council rules wouldn’t allow them to use any street lamps that had not been “stress-tested” in advance.

Of course, this isn’t the first bit of controversy regarding bunting for a royal event. Last year, some councils were accused of being too stringent with their rules on how bunting could be hung in public places.

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