Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Nanny Bans Bunting - Again!
My word, isn't funny how when one of Nanny's lickspittle councils bans something the others race to follow suit?
Such is the case with that seemingly harmless street decoration, bunting (click the tag "bunting" to read about another place that banned it).
Nanny's chums in Dorset County Council have determined that bunting attached to lampposts (you know, those rather solid looking objects driven into concrete pavements) constitutes a serious threat to health and safety, because the bunting might cause the lampposts to topple over.
Yes, you did read that right, Nanny thinks that the lampposts might topple over!
Call me naive, but if something as lightweight as bunting could cause a lamppost to topple doesn't that mean that there is a serious flaw with the lamppost and/or its fixing to the pavement?
Regrettably commonsense such as that did not save the bunting in time for the annual Ferndown Carnival week in Dorset the other week. Bunting was banned for the first time in over 20 years.
Rod Mainstone, Dorset County Council's street lighting manager, attempted to justify this bizarre piece of Nanny fretting via a guidance note sent to town and parish councils:
"Street lighting columns are not generally designed to be strong enough to support any additional attachments.
Even relatively light additions such as a small sign can lead to considerable extra load being imposed on a column in strong wind.
Furthermore, internal corrosion, which cannot be seen, may have weakened the column and the additional load could lead to it collapsing."
1 Bunting and other crudola has been attached to lampposts for yonks, no lamppost has ever fallen over because of it.
2 If Mr Mainstone really believes that the lampposts have corroded, shouldn't his department be checking the lampposts and if necessary be replacing them?
3 The Italians managed to hang Mussolini and his mistress from lampposts at the end of the last war, without them toppling over.
It sounds like complete bullshit to me!
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