A STALYBRIDGE shopkeeper has branded it as “disgusting” after traders have been refused to attach poppies to lampposts in the town centre for Remembrance Sunday commemorations because of health and safety reasons.Peter Taylor, owner of electrical contractors E Taylor and Sons, is unhappy with the knockback from Tameside Council as they wanted to repeat what they did last year.
“Why do the lampposts need to be stress and push tested when the plastic poppies are so light they hardly weigh anything?” he said.
Ian Saxon, director of operations and neighbourhoods, in a letter to Peter, wrote: “I regret that we are not able to support your request and confirm that last year was a ‘one-off’ to commemorate the centenary for the end of the First World War.
“The council has stringent health and safety guidelines it has to comply with including stress/push testing of lamp columns and this is a service we would need to procure and we do not have the budget for it.
“I hope you can understand the reason for refusal.”
Peter had sought permission to fix poppies to the lampposts between November 1 and 4 and remove them after November 10.
He added ironically banners were attached to lampposts in the town for the recent Tour of Britain cycle race.
“I can only assume those lampposts were stress and push tested beforehand. You get all sorts of things attached to lampposts,” added Peter.
As an alternative, the Stalybridge traders asked and have been given permission by Tameside Council to Ty-Rap the poppies to trees on Melbourne Street.