It's the time of year when the patience of planning enforcement officers around the country is tested by neighbour complaints about Christmas displays. This one is a particularly innovative attempt with a 180ft boom hoisting up the lights on a cherry picker, to be seen for miles around. The planners think there is a condition prohibiting the picker being sited forward of the main building. Well, it's for someone else to worry about whether the 28 day rule may apply to permit the display, or if PDR has been excluded. Merry Christmas!
Having started a tradition of bringing festive cheer to a drab estate six years ago, Mark Jackson, managing director of JMS Plant Hire, has once again decorated a 180ft boom with lights, Father Christmas and snowman figures and a flashing star in Coldharbour Lane. But a complaint from a less-than-impressed neighbour has sparked a warning letter and an enforcement notice threat from St Albans district council.