Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Christmas decorations and wreaths banned on Radian flat doors

Christmas star on door Image copyright Jamal Angol
Image caption The Angol family have been told to take down the star on the front door of their flat

Wreaths and Christmas decorations on front doors of flats have been banned by a housing group due to fire fears.

Eastleigh-based Radian told tenants to "keep Christmas decorations inside your home", including food for reindeer.

Southampton resident, Jamal Angol said it had not been an issue before and labelled the company "scrooges".

Radian, which manages properties in Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset, said the rules were brought in "on the advice of fire services".

Mr Angol, whose daughters, aged three and eight, had chosen the star for the door of their flat, said: "There wasn't any prior notification.

'Bah humbug'

"The housing officer came round and told us to remove it.

"We also can't hang a fake Santa key on the door or sprinkle reindeer food because it poses a fire hazard."

Image caption Resident Sue Ambrose said Radian should be more "Christmas-spirited"

Sue Ambrose, who lives in the same block as Mr Angol, said: "It's bah humbug, I think they should review it and be a little more Christmas-spirited.

"I understand it is to do with fire safety but provided they are put up securely on doors and we don't start putting Christmas trees up in corridors I don't see anything wrong with it at all."

Another resident in Windsor posted an picture of a letter online which she said she had received from Radian giving her 48 hours to remove her Christmas wreath.

The letter stated if the decoration is removed by a housing officer the resident can get it back if they collect it within a month and pay £10.

In a notice posted on its website Radian said: "Pease keep your Christmas decorations inside your home over the festive period.

"Unfortunately, if we come across Christmas decorations in communal areas, we will need to remove them.

"Your safety is our main priority and we appreciate you working with us to keep you and your neighbours safe over the festive period."

The housing group would not say how many flats the ban affected but a spokeswoman said: "It applies to all properties across the group, that have communal areas."

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