Local Flag Row
Royal British Legion members in Calne, Wilts, have campaigned for months for the right to hoist the flag over the town hall, amid opposition from councillors.
They believed they had won the battle when the council agreed to consider handing over control of the flag to the Legion.
However, the Legion says the council has now produced a 50-point health and safety document which would prevent anyone with specified physical ailments from accessing the town hall roof.
The criteria rules out most members of the local Legion branch, as they are aged over 60. ...
John Ireland, a local councillor, who is also the Legion branch chairman, said: "We have fought bravely and many of us risked our lives in a world war so we are perfectly capable of going up a ladder a few feet to put a flag up on a roof.
"It is absolutely ridiculous to be talking about health and safety. All the council is trying to do is find excuses to stop us flying the flag."
Accusing the council of "sneaky" behaviour, he added: "What they gave in one hand, they took away in the other, knowing full well that none of us are fit enough to match those rules."
The Town Hall in Calne is a substantial building, certainly strong enough to support a flagpole, and even a gibbet. I'm sure there would be no shortage of volunteers to clamber over the roof to employ the latter to help change the councillor's minds....