Sunday 7 August 2022 10:52 PM Heatwave woe as housing association tells families garden furniture is a fire ... trends now
In the blazing heat of this summer, a dip in a garden paddling pool followed by a rest on a deck chair would seem harmless.
But a housing association has told tenants garden seating is a fire risk – and said even paddling pools and parasols require special permission.
And in a move which effectively makes many backyards unusable, the rules expressly forbid not only wooden sheds and screens, but also basketball nets and AstroTurf.
The restrictions are being applied by the Apna Ghar housing association to residents of properties equipped for the disabled, and will make coping with heat even harder.
An agent sent to visit householders wanted to take photographs of a paddling pool one