Easter having just passed, saw another fight between common sense and Nanny's Health and Safety Gestapo.
For the last 50 Easters a cross has been erected (can I say "erected"?) on the Downs above Lewes, over the Easter period, by St Pancras Roman Catholic Church. However, this year, owing to a fuss over health and safety with Lewes District Council, there was no such erection.
This Easter over 200 people took part in the silent walk of witness through the town, before planting the 20ft cross in a hole on top of the Mount.
So far so good!
The cross would then normally have been left up for a few days. However, this year much like the Grand Old Duke of York and his 10,000 men, they had to take it all the way down again.
Rev Steve Daughtery, of Southover Church, said that the church had been told by the council that the hole was a health and safety issue and must not be left unattended, meaning that someone would have to guard the cross for days.
The district council said that the empty hole could not be left unguarded (ie someone would have to remain with the hole) or uncovered.
Fair enough, but surely if the cross was placed in the hole this meant that the hole was not uncovered?
Why therefore could the cross not be left in situ?
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