Thursday, November 01, 2007
Oh dear Nanny has got her knickers in a right old twist over the very harmless habit of feeding the ducks.
Now we all know that to eat, or roll around in duck shit is probably a bad idea. It is fair to say that even the most mentally challenged of us could have worked that out for themselves.
Unfortunately, for the ducks, Nanny doesn't think we are that bright. As such Oakley and Deane Parish Council have banned the feeding of ducks in the local pond.
Oakley and Deane Parish Council chairman Councillor John Strawbridge said:
"The pond has always been popular with locals
and an attractive feature of Oakley.
We don't want to be killjoys and we'd like
to encourage people to carry on enjoying it,
but feeding the ducks puts a strain on its entire eco-system".
He then went on to fret about the bread being bad for the ducks.
Oakley and Deane Parish Council admit that they have little proof to back up their ban. Indeed, common sense would dictate that if ducks didn't like the bread, then they wouldn't eat it.
Hilary Box, 75, who had a contract for 22 years to feed the ducks, thinks the whole idea is bollocks.
"The sign says that feeding bread to ducks
can be bad for them but I think we have the
healthiest ducks in the world.
The bread does not appear to have done
them any harm and they haven't suffered over the years.
Feeding ducks is part of the English way of life,
it's part of the heritage to come to the local
pond with some bread. "
For fark's sake, it's a 400 year old village pond with a few ducks!
Doubtless it has been there longer, without causing any harm, than those on the Parish Council.
Another fine example of a useless interfering council, that adds zero value to people's lives.
Someone should ban the feeding of local councillors!