Local MP Alan Mak is encouraging residents to fly an England flag to support the Three Lions as they take on Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.
He said he had received queries from residents asking whether they needed the Council’s permission before flying the flag, with some even thinking if was illegal to do so.
Mr Mak has raised a flag outside his Association’s office in central Havant ahead of the knock-out match next Tuesday, and is encouraging constituents to display a flag at home or on their vehicles.
Subject to basic common-sense requirements such as having the landowner’s permission and ensuring the flag is physically safe, no prior permission is required to fly the England national flag according to guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Mr Mak said “I’m flying the England flag, and I support residents who want to fly it to back our football team in the World Cup. It’s great news that England are through to the last 16 and let’s show the squad that the whole country is behind them.”
He added, “Our national flag is a symbol of the pride we have in our country, and we should always be proud to fly it, especially during World Cups and other sporting events. Across the Havant constituency we’re proud of the English flag and the England football team so let’s not be shy about showing it.”
Guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government on flag flying is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/15438/flying_flags_guide.pdf