EDINBURGH residents living in plush private developments have been banned from drying their laundry outdoors, it has been revealed.
Snooty property managers have made homeowners agree not to hang out their washing in gardens in title deeds to protect the "aesthetic" of the area.
Local councillor Chas Booth blasted the bizarre move and predicted it "would be laughed out of court if anyone tried".
The Green Party representative for Leith was contacted by residents at Shandon Gardens, developed by AMA, who are being forced to dry laundry indoors.
The development comprises of 34 large one, two and three bedroomed flats and four bedroom duplex apartments – with a one-bedroom currently on the market for £230,000.
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Homeowners have been warned all private gardens should be uses for "ornamental" purposes.
And garden sheds are also banned unless approved by managing agents.
The title deeds from AMA’s Shandon Gardens development reads: “No clothes poles or clothes lines shall be erected on any part of the development common property or car park, nor shall they be attached or suspended from any window in any building or from any walls or interior common passage or stairs.
“The proprietor of a private garden shall not use his private garden for any purpose other than as ornamental or garden ground.
“No garden sheds or stores or outhouses are permitted in private gardens without the consent of the managing agents.
“For the avoidance of doubt private gardens must not be used for the airing or drying of clothes.”
Councillor Booth claimed homeowners in Greenbank Village, developed by CALA, and residents of West Bryson Road, operated by property managers James Gibb Residential Factors, are also facing the same ban.
He told STV News: “Of course, there are a hundred bigger issues facing Edinburgh but it’s bizarre that there are so many newly-built private developments which try to ban people from drying washing outside, even in their own private gardens.
“In some of our most cherished conservation areas clothes drying is part of the character of the area, so quite why it should be deemed by some to be so offensive in newly-built developments is beyond me.
“Forcing people to dry damp clothes indoors or to use expensive and energy-hungry tumble-driers adds potential health and climate change insult to injury.
“To be honest, I strongly suspect that such rules are unenforceable and would be laughed out of court if anyone tried.
“Let’s hope summer 2021 is a time of Edinburgh’s washing enjoying the free sun and wind.”
Nic Mayall, managing director of James Gibb, said the move is for "aesthetic purposes" and that no complaints have been made so far, but would not comment further.
But a spokesperson for CALA Homes said their ban is only in place for communal areas.
They said: “It is important that wherever possible homeowners are able to dry laundry in a manner that is considerate to neighbours and the environment.
“With this in mind, our homes with private gardens are supplied with whirligigs, while apartment private balconies can serve as a space to place a clothes airer on nice days.
“To ensure that the shared spaces of our apartment developments can be enjoyed by all, there will sometimes be restrictions within the deeds on the drying of laundry in communal areas or the attachment of clothes lines onto the building.”
Representatives of AMA declined to comment.
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