Woman who painted front door pink is forced to change colour or face £20,000 fine

Front door of Miranda Jane Dickson's house painted a bright pink with a rainbow welcome carpet and heart shape wreath on the door
Miranda Jane Dickson was told she must repaint her front door after the local council received a formal complaint about the pink colour from one of her neighbours (Image credit: Miranda Jane Dickson)

After inheriting her parents' three-storey Georgian house in Edinburgh's New Town, Miranda Dickson began an 18-month renovation, which included painting her front door pink. 

Little did the 48 year-old know, but the colour change in December 2021 would spark outcry among her neighbours, resulting in a prolonged row. Ms Dickson eventually received an enforcement notice from the City of Edinburgh Council, which stated that the pink door did not comply with the "historic character" of the listed building and ordered her to repaint the front door.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.