Oh, how we love a ‘bungling council workers and road signage’ story! Misspelled signs for ‘shcool’, yellow lines painted right over badger corpses, they are guaranteed local newspaper filler.
Even the MSM picks them up from time to time:
Bungling council workers have ruined historic cobblestones in a picturesque market town for the second time with clumsily painted yellow lines.People living in Stamford, Lincolnshire – dubbed ‘England’s most attractive town’ by poet John Betjeman – were horrified when they first discovered the messy lines smeared across the stones in St Mary’s Place last November.
The paint had ran (sic) into the cracks of the stones – which were laid in the Georgian era – leaving them covered in unsightly, thick, yellow dollops.
But it’s unlikely to happen in the historic cobblestone streets of Beverley in the future.
Are their council workers perfect, then? Well, probably not. But they won’t have cobblestones soon…
East Riding of Yorkshire Council wants to take up the stone sets as part of a £2.5 million programme at Beverley’s Saturday Market, which will see pavements being widened and parking areas changed, as well as other work.But hundreds of opponents of the plans staged a protest march during the weekend before Christmas and have delivered a petition to the council. A contractor has already been appointed and work will start later this month. English Heritage has said the cobbles should remain and the Beverley Civic Society has also objected to the plans, but the council said reaction to the proposed changes had been positive.
Curious! If there’s a huge protest against it, who are these ‘positive reactions’ from?
The ‘Post’ is very coy about the reasons for wanting to get rid of the cobblestones, and just who provided the ‘positive reaction’ that the council is determined to heed. The ‘Mail’ isn’t so reticent:
However, town hall bosses said work will go ahead after they consulted community groups, including members of a disability advisory group, which were in favour of removing the stones.
So, a favoured identity group outweighs everyone else. Is anyone surprised?