Council bans danger doormats

Council officials have ordered tenants to ditch their outside doormats as they pose a ‘tripping risk’.Health and safety officials at Bristol City Council say ‘hazardous mats’ outside doors could hamper escape routes.The council will let people keep mats inside their own front doors – but say all outside mats must go.
Ted Marshall, chairman of the Brookridge House tenants association in Henbury, said: "These people must be sitting in offices with nothing better to do."Another tenant, retired gardener Roger Perry, 62, of Henbury, Bristol, intends to defy the ban. He said: "It is so pointless. I’m keeping mine here to see what they do. If they take it, that’s theft."All the council’s 32,000 tenants got a letter demanding removal of mats by September 18.It told them they "represent a tripping hazard and they should be removed immediately".

Invest in a hedghog and glue it to your doorstep.

Don’t forget to feed it though!!!!


  1. gerbilfan
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Ask one of the council employees to clean the bottom of your shoes with his/her tongue.References :

  2. alismudge
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Why dont you buy a cast iron shoe scraper
    they are small and light so you can move it around on can pe positioned at the side of your door so the council cant moan. if they do you can whack em with itReferences :

  3. 90210
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the newspaper………NOT

    but as for your main Q i use an old tooth brush to clean the soles of my footwear when they get muddy.References :

  4. Larry & Barbie
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    These city councils turn in to baby sitters they need new blood on the board to change the focus to important subjectsReferences :

  5. Allan G
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    if youve got an empty washington up tub. put about half an inch of hot spoapey water into the bowl and place you shoes in the water for about 20 mins. this will loosen up the muck and grime. simply take them out one by one. use an old toothbrush and scrub the excess away. place the shoes on a old towel and your laughing.References :

  6. Anglik
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Tell your council you will be be using a capital "R" to clean your solesReferences :

  7. phlodgeybodge
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Invest in a hedghog and glue it to your doorstep.

    Don’t forget to feed it though!!!!References :

  8. bartandmarge
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I think the council are right banning them dangerous mats. Use your tounge or put the mat inside your property.References :

  9. keni
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    stupid, but

    if someone has an accident on council premises they can sue the council. If the council’s insurance company have identified the mats as a risk which could expose the council to claims, they have no choice but to insist on their removal.

    makes a good news item, though
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  10. Ben Dover
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Yet another example of the Health and Safety police at work!!!References :

  11. Facethefacts
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Try walking on your heels it saves the soles…….!!
    on a serious note though I would Stick to my guns/or stick my doormat down!!!References :

  12. alex winefly
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Try taking your shoes off at the door if they tend to be mucky,
    you can then clean them somewhare in the house using a paper to catch whatever falls off the shoes. unless you have access to a yard if they are realy bad, better still, change your shoes at work before going home. WINE FLYReferences :

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