Anger as Corby refuse crews told to remove poppies

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People in Corby are upset at the council’s environmental contractors’ policy on poppies.

There has anger at the decision by Kier to stop crews from displaying a poppy on their vehicles.

Richard Stephenson contacted the Northants Telegraph about the issue and said: “In this centenary year of remembrance at the futility of the First World War, right up to the present day, remembering all victims of the Afghanistan conflict, the displaying of the poppy has never been more poignant.”

However, the company has said safety issues are behind its decision and crews will be able to buy a special poppy to display on their vehicles from Friday.

A Kier spokesman said: “We are very happy for our people to show their support to the Poppy Appeal, and we have poppies on sale in many of our office and depot locations. We do, however, also have a safety policy when it comes to attaching temporary decoration to our vehicles, as the industry has faced issues with items falling off and being a safety risk.

“In order to help our fleet teams show their support, we have designed a lightweight poppy decal that will be available from Friday, October 31, which staff can buy and apply to their Kier vehicle, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.”