A pensioner is going potty after a postwoman refused to deliver his mail because she was put at risk - by his large hanging baskets.
Green-fingered Peter Kelly, 75, has been displaying his impressive floral decorations at his home in Woburn Sands for the past 30 years. Locals have long admired the baskets, which the retired bricklayer changes every year.
But Mr Kelly claims one postwoman refused to post his letters for two weeks because squeezing through the huge hanging baskets was against health and safety. Post has continued to be delivered to the cottage but Mr Kelly claims it has been left outside rather than being posted through his door.
The great-grandfather, a former gunner in the Royal Artillery regiment before he was medically discharged, said it was “health and safety gone mad”.
He said: “I have been doing the baskets in my front garden for more than 30 years and we have never had problems before.
“I love gardening and a lot of local people or visitors to the town always stop to have a look at them.
“I could understand if I had a big rottweiler dog but the flowers are hardly going to kill her.
“She could just squeeze through them or just reach through and post the letter. It is health and safety gone mad.”
Mr Kelly claims the woman told him she was not going to deliver to his home when he confronted her last Monday (August 18).
He complained to Royal Mail and a health and safety officer arrived at the property and told him a normal service would resume.
But on Saturday he opened his door to find a stack of letters on the concrete steps outside.
Mr Kelly, who lives with his wife of 22 years, Hazel, added: “We are an old couple and we manage to walk through every day.
“It is just madness. I haven’t had any post today so I still don’t know if we are going to have a normal service.”
Royal Mail said there had been no formal suspension of mail but it was in discussions about what could be done.
Spokesman Felicity MacFarlane said: “We’d like to apologise to Mr Kelly for his recent concerns over his mail delivery.
“There has been no formal delivery suspension but our postwoman has experienced difficulty on recent occasions delivering the mail.
“Mr Kelly’s mail has been delivered to him today and Royal Mail is discussing the matter with the customer.”