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New Mills council say poppies pose fire risk

NBUA-01-11-12-newmillspoppyappeal - High Peak Mayor Pat Jenner helped launch the Poppy Appeal in New Mills at the weekend. Photo contributed.

NBUA-01-11-12-newmillspoppyappeal - High Peak Mayor Pat Jenner helped launch the Poppy Appeal in New Mills at the weekend. Photo contributed.

The Royal British Legion has hit out at New Mills Town Council, claiming it will no longer let it store poppies in the town hall as they are a fire hazard.

Acting clerk Lesley Bramwell wrote to Jeff Lawton, New Mills poppy appeal organiser, last Tuesday to say he had stored his leftover poppies, collection boxes and wreaths in the building “without authority from or agreement with the council”.

She added that unless he removed the items within a week, they would be “disposed of”.

Jeff said: “I’m disgusted. I do have permission to store my stuff in there, it was arranged with the former clerk Susan Stevens. It makes me angry. They were stored in the loft above the toilet. They’re not short of storage space and they haven’t said they want to use the space for anything else. One councillor said they pose a fire hazard. To pick on something like the poppy appeal is pathetic.

“I’ve never had anything but support from the council until this year. They were all happy to have their photos taken for the paper on the day of the launch. It’s not very public spirited, it’s annoying and unnecessary.”

At the time of publication, the town council had not commented.

 

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