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HSE response to 'Bann(er)ed!' article in Ely Standard

"ELY: council refuses to put up charity Aquafest banner over health and safety fears" - Ely Standard, 14 June 2012
Response date:
18 June 2012

Dear editor,

I was sorry to hear that Cambridgeshire County Council has refused permission on safety grounds for a banner to be erected on Ely High for the forthcoming Aquafest event (Ely Standard, 14 June).

Apparently, the basis for this decision is that existing banner fixings have been assessed as unsuitable by structural engineers.

While understanding the Council's caution, rather than refusing permission outright, surely a better solution would be to work with building owners to replace the offending fixings with new ones. This solution would avoid negative headlines and ensure that the local Rotary Club, and others, can give events like Aquafest the publicity they undoubtedly deserve.

Despite many stories to the contrary, the Health and Safety Executive fully supports banners, flags and bunting being erected in high streets the length and breadth of the UK. All the law requires is that any work at height is done safely and suitable fixings are used.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Longbottom
Regional Head of Operations
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-06-18