Salix Homes, a social housing provider in Salford, has written to residents of a development in Higher Broughton to explain that flower pots lining communal pathways are causing “potential hazards to residents and visitors”. The customer support manager explains that due to health and safety concerns, the company will be monitoring the situation, and reserves the right to remove the offending receptacles.
Manchester Evening News reports that for the past five years, residents have decorated their neighbourhood with flowers including fuchsias, lilies and begonias. Not only that, but they were awarded prizes in the Summer Bloom competition for the last two years. The competition is organised by… Salix Homes!
The justification for this change of heart is said to be that Salix has received complaints about obstructions. However, resident Valerie Webb disputes this and explains that the pots are only on one side of the railings. When the newspaper article was brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Executive, they were keen to make everyone aware that there is nothing in health and safety legislation to require removal of the flowerpots. Salix is said to be “working with residents” to try and agree a solution to the problem.