In the name of health and safety many British towns may have to forego festive lighting this holiday season. According to a report in the Telegraph stringent new regulations and huge insurance premium increases could make Christmas lights scarce.
This year councils must use a pressure gauge to individually test every bolt holding a cable or light fitting to a wall.
Only fully insured professionals can hang the lights and workers must use expensive hydraulic platforms to do the job because ladders are not deemed safe.
Stephen Alambritis, from the Federation of Small Businesses, is warning that the country is heading for a â€œChristmas blackoutâ€.
He said: â€œIt is a very sad state of affairs. The festive period is looking darker and bleaker year on year.
For the past several years we have documented stories of rallies held in townships across the UK to save Christmas lights. But the noose seems to be tightening this year even more than ever before.