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Case 7 - Local council refused to allow hanging baskets to be placed on lampposts until assessed by engineers

Note: this case was reviewed and its content updated in September 2020.


A local council was refusing to allow hanging baskets to be placed on lampposts for a Village in Bloom initiative until engineers had assessed the lampposts to show they were capable of holding the bracket and basket.

Panel decision

This may be a case of valid health and safety principles being applied in an overly-cautious and blanket way. The precautions that the council is expecting from the Village in Bloom organisers may be disproportionate to the risk involved.


Then the asset owner may only need to carry out a visual inspection to check that there had not been any changes in circumstances, such as ground movement, before approving the request to support the basket and bracket.