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kaz

Clothes line bans

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
Butterbean

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

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.
lottie

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.
bodger

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.
MrsWW

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.


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!!!!
Butterbean

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.
lottie

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.
Border

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.    
bodger

Banker did you say?    
Seabird

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.
lottie

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.  
debbie

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

debbie wrote:
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.
debbie

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

I don't have pavements or lights either  --but I don't have busy roads with not enough space to walk up the side of never mind a pavement either. My husband walked to the supermarket once when he was there--never again, it just wasn't possible--it's a chicken an egg situation. If you want to walk there you have to drive to a park.
Woodsmoke

MrsWW wrote:
Several neighbours have been reported to the "Committee" and been duly knuckle rapped for breaching the condition!!!!


I know exactly what I'd be saying to any 'Commitee' visiting my door with a similar complaint.........................

Mind you, I defy anyone to hang their washing out on a Sunday in the Scottish Islands! They'd have a lynching mob at you! And as for whistling on a fishing boat.............................???  
lottie

When I was young no one living in our village would have dreamed of either hanging washing out or going to the pictures on a sunday even when some started opening then---how times have changed.
Rena

We live far enough out of town that I can still use the clothesline, in town however....it is quite frowned upon. (and we are not a 'big city' area either).

We do have a dryer, but hand wash everything first...another *shocking* event in America! Saves us $$ on our electric bill.

Because of the ice in the winter (if we hung the clothes out....they'd be there until the thaw of springtime!   ) we do use the dryer, but it also doubles at that point as a heater!

I thought our area was the only one being so close minded about clothes lines.
Border

In opinion there is nothing better than bed lining that has been hung out to dry in frost weather. I have taken them down from the washing line, so stiff, I was unable to fold them, had to let them thaw out a little indoors before I could fold them.

They smell so fresh, unless the farmer has been out with his slurry spreader.
oaktree

I used to love seeing my childrens freshly washed nappies fluttering on the clothes line.  
sod

There are places over here with no clothes lines rules but we know of one couple that moved into one and put one up so local gang of three came around and pointed out rule he pointed to gate and offered to get police and trespass order, they left he got letter. They got told to try and inforce it, turns out they would have to go to court as it's just a civil matter now there are more clothes lines up    Helps hes is 6'2 and well built 30 year old  

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