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Rap for 'party pooper' council

COUNCIL chiefs have been branded 'pathetic party poopers' after ordering organisers of a massive fun festival on Deeside to axe street bunting from lampposts

COUNCIL chiefs have been branded 'pathetic party poopers' after ordering organisers of a massive fun festival on Deeside to axe street bunting from lampposts.

Organisers of the Connah's Quay and Shotton Festival, which takes place this Sunday, are outraged at the last-minute notification which has left them having to hand back £200 to local traders who chipped in to brighten up the streets.

But the county council says the design of the lampposts would cause them to crumple under undue stress which is why decorations are not allowed to be strung from them.

Connah's Quay Town Council vice-chairman Bernie Attridge said he had been left 'disgusted and dumbfounded' after volunteers were ordered not to put up the bunting on Tuesday morning.

'Flintshire County Council said it was against their policy to allow street bunting to be put up because lampposts could be pulled down in high winds, ' he said.

'It's an absolute joke, because the bunting is that light that my two-year-old daughter could lift it.

'A lot of hard work has been put in by myself and other organisers free of charge to make sure that the festival is a great success and puts Connah's Quay and Shotton back on the map.

'We have put in a tremendous effort over the past weeks to ensure it is a bright and enjoyable event, yet somebody sitting behind a desk at county hall has decided at the last minute it is against council policy.

'It's pathetic, and they are nothing but party poopers living in the dark ages. They have known for weeks what we have planned to do. There have been numerous appeals in the Chronicle for traders to donate towards bunting so why have they left it until now to take action?' he stormed.

All money raised from the event, the biggest to take place on Deeside for many years, is to go to the Cancer Research Campaign.

Jean Kenward, of the CRC shop in Shotton, organised the collection from traders to pay for the bunting. She says the council decision has left her 'gutted' and 'embarrassed'.

'The bunting would have added some real zest to the festival and we are all very, very disappointed,' she said. 'We spent a lot of time collecting donations from shops and businesses and now I am in the embarrassing position of having to go and give them back their money.

'To say that the bunting could have pulled down the lampposts is ludicrous.'

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: 'The lighting columns are designed to crumple under undue stress and therefore no decorative equipment should be strung horizontally from column to column, parallel to the road or across the road.

'Decorations are allowed on the lamp standards vertically. Permission has been given to string bunting from building to building provided minimum safety clearances are met.'


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