A RHOS-on-Sea great-granddad has hit out at the 'Scrooge-like' attitude of a housing authority which asked him to take down a Christmas decoration from his front door.

Don Jackson, of Llys Parc sheltered housing complex, said Cartrefi Conwy asked him to take down the plastic Merry Christmas sign due to fire regulations.

The 84-year old says the authority's "over-the-top" response to the rules showed the authority had failed to acknowledge the "season of goodwill."

Mr Jackson, who lost his wife Edna five years, said: "I couldn't believe it when the warden told me I'd have to take the sign down, they said it was a fire hazard.

"It's absolutely ridiculous, it's a Scrooge-like attitude in what is supposed to be the season of goodwill. It seems completely over the top. It was only a small sign."

The dad of five, who has 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, had a previous run in with the authority six years ago after putting up two Christmas trees, one by his door.

"After last time, I can't help but feel like they are picking on me."

A spokesperson for Cartrefi Conwy, said: “We are not killjoys. Our paramount concern is the safety of our residents and this policy was introduced on the strong advice of our professional fire safety assessors and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, with whom we work closely.

“We want all our tenants to be able to enjoy Christmas in safety and it would be irresponsible to ignore the advice of fire safety experts who have told us clearly that we should not allow them to leave any personal items in communal areas or outside their front doors.

“We have also decorated the communal lounge with approved Christmas trimmings to add a bit of festive spirit.”