Council investigates 'daft' fairy light-covered flagpole erected in Lower Buckland Road garden, Lymington
NEW Forest District Council is investigating after neighbours complained about a large flagpole put up in a garden and covered in fairy lights.
Nearby residents say the pole in Lower Buckland Road, Lymington, is causing a light nuisance as well as blocking out views from their homes.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the A&T: “Our view from our window is significantly impacted. At night when the fairy lights are on it is even more annoying.
“It is so tall the whole area can see the flagpole during the day and when it is lit up at night.
“We did ask politely if they could take it down or erect a smaller one, but we got nowhere.”
She added: “I appreciate someone being patriotic but this flag is huge.”
The flagpole was put up in August and people living in the area said it is visible from a long way off.
It was initially flying the cross of St George but now has the Union Flag hanging from it.
Another neighbour said: “It is a very tall pole. I have no idea why you would want one that big.
“It is a bit over-the-top and looks daft, to be honest.”
One resident in Lower Buckland Road wrote to the council claiming that there had been a breach of planning control.
No permission is required to erect a flagpole in a garden and fly a flag from it, but the pole has to be less than 4.5 metres in height.
A spokesperson for NFDC told the A&T: “We have received correspondence about this matter and are carrying out an investigation.”
The owner of the property where the flagpole is was not at home when the A&T went to ask for a comment.