Commiserations to Linda Martin of Wilton, who recently fell foul of the knobheads running Wiltshire Council.
Mrs Martin wanted to brighten up the town centre and so put up some hanging baskets around trees in the Market Place, they had small sponsorship signs from local stores on them.
Can you guess what happened next children?
Yes, that's right, the council ordered her to take them down because they are a "health and safety hazard" and may also damage the tress....oh, and the "proper procedures" hadn't been followed wrt placing "adverts" on them.
MP John Glen is of the view that it was a ridiculous way to deal with such a matter.
Town councillor Peter Edge said:
"The sponsorship signs were the size of a Post-it Note and the wiring wasn't damaging the trees in any way.
Somebody at Wiltshire Council wants to get a life."
A Wiltshire spokesman said:
"The town council asked us to look at their concerns regarding the way the baskets were attached to the young trees. We confirmed that they could harm the trees and were a potential hazard to pedestrians, especially the partially-sighted.
We are here to support people who want to make a positive difference to their communities and we are happy to work with the town council to find an alternative way of displaying the baskets."
If someone is that poorly sighted, then they are just as likely to walk into the tree anyway. Therefore the logical conclusion would be to chop down the trees.
I suspect that some sad loser didn't like the fact that "permission" had not been formally given for the adverts, and that the health and safety issue is being used as cover for a jobsworth's spite.
Councils, as ever, demonstrating that they have become the enemy of the people!
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