Council defends England flags move
Published 18/05/2010 | 14:51
A council has stood by its decision to cut down a set of England flags flown across a street ahead of the World Cup.
The St George's Cross flags were put up by grandmother Doreen Carnelley ahead of the World Cup, which starts in South Africa on June 11.
Nottingham City Council stood by its decision to cut the flags down and said: "It is illegal to attach items to lamp columns without authorisation from the council, so the items were removed."
Mrs Carnelley, 74, she had flown the 27 flags across Sturgeon Avenue in Clifton, Nottingham, during the last six World Cups and European football finals without any problems.
But on Tuesday she woke up to find the flags dumped on her hedge after being cut down by council workers.
The Nottingham Forest season ticket holder said she cried when she discovered the flags in her hedge.
The council spokesman said: "There are also health and safety implications of attaching loose items to lamp columns and we had received several complaints from concerned members of the public.
"The flags were also hanging across the carriageway, which can be a danger for motorists."
Mrs Carnelley still has 16 England flags on the outside of her home and a number of smaller ones in plant pots.