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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:50 am    Post subject: Clothes line bans  Reply with quote

Does this happen in the UK?

This article is about a small rebellion in the USA to be allowed to dry clothes outside on a washing line

   *   79% of American households have a tumble dryer, compared to 45% in the UK and 4% in Italy
   * 20% of Americans live in homes subject to clothes line bans
   * It usually costs at least $100 to run a dryer for one year
   * Some people have reported a 50% drop in electricity bills when they go 'cold turkey' on tumble drying


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11417677
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of a clothes line ban.  Must be in the big cities with large high rise apartments.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My eldest  daughter lives in Illinois and even though their summers are roasting they are not allowed to hang clothes out. She thinks it's an obscene waste of resources,but I have to say her American neighbours don't share her views. She couldn't hang it out in the winter without an ice axe to chip it off the line.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butterbean wrote:
Never heard of a clothes line ban.  Must be in the big cities with large high rise apartments.

My daughter lives in the leafy suburbs of Loves Park all with big gardens next to Rockford--not big city at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We live out in the countryside  but locally. there's one  lot of new houses built by one particular builder and all though the occupants own their houses outright, he made them sign to say that they would't have washing lines. Apparently, he thought that their use would lower the tone of the development. It reminds me of a word that rhymes with hanker.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We live out in the countryside  but locally. there's one  lot of new houses built by one particular builder and all though the occupants own their houses outright, he made them sign to say that they would't have washing lines. Apparently, he thought that their use would lower the tone of the development. It reminds me of a word that rhymes with hanker.


My Mother in Law who lives in a house that was built with several otehrs on a recovered country estate in Devon has the same problem.  I think it's appalling that you can't hang your own washing outside in your OWN bought and paid for garden (especially when you are mortgage free as she is)!  Several neighbours have been reported to the "Committee" and been duly knuckle rapped for breaching the condition!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lottie wrote:
My eldest  daughter lives in Illinois and even though their summers are roasting they are not allowed to hang clothes out. She thinks it's an obscene waste of resources,but I have to say her American neighbours don't share her views. She couldn't hang it out in the winter without an ice axe to chip it off the line.


I don't think we would stand for it here.  Even the government housing development in our city installed clothes lines for the occupants.  I would think that with everyone becoming more energy conscious this would be an easy law to get removed unless its one of those neighborhood rules.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butterbean wrote:
lottie wrote:
My eldest  daughter lives in Illinois and even though their summers are roasting they are not allowed to hang clothes out. She thinks it's an obscene waste of resources,but I have to say her American neighbours don't share her views. She couldn't hang it out in the winter without an ice axe to chip it off the line.


I don't think we would stand for it here.  Even the government housing development in our city installed clothes lines for the occupants.  I would think that with everyone becoming more energy conscious this would be an easy law to get removed unless its one of those neighborhood rules.

Yes it's a neighbourhood commitee thing---even though you own your house freehold they still have these clauses. She has recently moved and her previous neighborhood had the same rule so it seems to be general.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
We live out in the countryside  but locally. there's one  lot of new houses built by one particular builder and all though the occupants own their houses outright, he made them sign to say that they would't have washing lines. Apparently, he thought that their use would lower the tone of the development. It reminds me of a word that rhymes with hanker.


Would that be Ricky and his wife Bianca, heard his "no" to washing lines has made him a very wealthy merchant banker.    
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Banker did you say?    
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How ridiculous!
I find the sight a a line of washing fluttering in the breeze rather reassuring and homely.
Even in apartment blocks with commnunal gardens it's possible to have drying areas. I ceertainly wouldn't sign a clause which limited my freedom to such an extent in my OWN property.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's because you have a choice in N.Wales--my daughter could buy a property where she could hang clothes out if they were prepared to commute an extra 20 miles from the country or move downtown to the red light district where they have different zoning rules--but life being what it is and having young kids then faced with those 2 alternatives she puts up with the clothes hanging rules.  
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they would obviously much rather everyone burnt up electricity using their tumble dryers than use all the free fresh air then.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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they would obviously much rather everyone burnt up electricity using their tumble dryers than use all the free fresh air then.

I agree it's ridiculous and drives all the Brits who've moved there mad ---where E.D. lives they don't even have sidewalks so you can't walk to the nearest shops ,  nobody walks and there are no buses [apart from school ones]so you have to have a car. It's just like our wasteful lives moved up a notch is all really though--just a matter of degree, I think the U.S. are at the top of the energy waster list but we're close on their heels.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we don't have pavements, or streetlights, but we still walk - just a bit more carefully oh and at night, with a torch


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