THE one place you’d expect bunting to be allowed over the Queen’s platinum jubilee weekend would be Poole’s Jubilee Road.

However, one resident said he was “horrified” after a council official told him his bunting did not meet the regulations.

Jeff Williams laughed at having to take his bunting down after receiving “just one complaint” as he was unable to get it any higher.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Mr Williams said the road had a 7.5 tonne weight limit and the largest vehicles able to use the road didn’t touch the bunting hung approximately 14 feet above the ground.

However, BCP Council regulations state bunting should be at least five metres above the ground, approximately 16 feet.

Mr Williams said: “I put it up last Thursday or Friday, everyone was pleased I had lots of compliments.

“I checked with all the neighbours for the bunting to go window to window. We had them as high as we could, and they’ve been up without a problem at all.

“The council officer turned up and he was just doing his job, he said to me there’s been one complaint, there’s a few people I’m not top of their Christmas list, so I think it’s malicious.”

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Mr Williams said the residents were having a street party on Sunday to celebrate the jubilee and had done everything “by the book”.

“My next email will be to the Queen to get her on the case,” he continued.

“The irony is we are in Jubilee Road. We can’t get the bunting any higher. Breaking strain is about half an ounce if something hit it, a two-year-old could break it.

“I am horrified, there’s no good reason why it should be taken down.”

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Mr Williams’ neighbour Jane Moorse described it as “ridiculous”.

She said: “There’s a restriction on the road anyway so large lorries shouldn’t come down here.

“We’re going to have to be on the roof, health and safety comes in then. If they want us scrambling around people’s roofs, they have another thing coming.

“They are as high as we can get them. If they sag a bit, we can tighten them, I just think it’s ridiculous.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for culture and vibrant Places: "We’re proud to say we have more than 300 Jubilee street parties taking place this weekend in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign - it’s great seeing the community come together.

"Although we’ve issued broad guidance around residents putting up their own bunting, this is for legitimate safety reasons. We welcome street parties and are not preventing any events taking place.

"Residents in Jubilee Road were not advised to take down their bunting. We advised that it was too low, which could be hazardous to large vehicles travelling underneath."