Monday, October 26, 2009
The Dangers of Poles
As we all know, Nanny's councils have something of a bee in their collective bonnets over "health and safety".
Rob Grice, a barber shop owner from Wigan, found this to his cost recently when his local council decreed that his barber's shop pole (a freestanding red and white erection...can I say erection?) presented a clear and present danger to the health and safety of pedestrians.
The council happily seized it!
Isn't that theft?
The odd thing is that this pole has been there for 19 years.
Why oh why would the council seize it now?
Shall we ask the council then my loyal readers?
Yes, let's ask the council!
Here's what they say:
"We work closely with access groups and it is our duty to look after the interests of people in wheelchairs and with white sticks.
Objects like these are not as stable as fixed street signs and we are being encouraged by Government to be much more proactive over things like this.
The sign was noticed by inspectors. The shop is in a narrow street. It was an accident waiting to happen. The proprietor was issued with a warning but he failed to respond so we were obliged to take it off him.
He is entitled to have it back if he pays the council £100."
The very last sentence contains the real reason for them lifting the sign...
Ker Farking Ching!
Here's how to contact the council: Wigan.
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