AT first glance the story about Sycamore Grange sheltered housing complex in Golcar looks like health and safety gone mad.
Residents have been warned not to let plants grow too big, slippers must not be kept behind doors and even wooden picture frames could be a fire hazard.
The rules – along with the recently-introduced measures banning people from recharging their mobility scooters indoors – are all about fire safety.
And, clearly, a sensible approach must be taken to making sure people are as safe as possible.
But, ideally, it should not impinge on their quality of life.
Homes will never be made 100% risk-free, but are we in danger of allowing health and safety regulations to become too draconian to the detriment of a commonsense approach?