Letter: Glad council came to its senses on A-boards ban


I’m glad the Council has come somewhat to its senses regarding A-boards on the High Street.

The councillor who brought up the notion of a “potential” problem was (is) suffering from some sort of delusion. I find it disturbing that any others were initially willing to back him on this issue.

I walk down the High Street almost every day and the A-boards point out interesting shops in the side alleys which you wouldn’t find without a good search. From the shopkeeper’s point of view, what’s the point of having stock to sell if nobody knows your shop exists?

I paced the width of the High Street today at what I guess to be its narrowest point; it’s just over six yards, eighteen feet; that’s at the Western end near Red Lion Square and there are no A-boards there. Surely there is room for people to walk up and down, partially sighted, disabled or not, without falling over an A-board!

I could suggest some other “potential” hazards to our erstwhile councillor (whose name I forget); there are rubbish bins on the High Street and park benches. I have seen scaffolding up and sometimes vans and cars delivering to shops. And what about market stalls? Not just on Fridays but other days too. I sat on a chair near a burger van today at lunch and ate said burger with a cup of tea. Somebody could have tripped over a chair and bumped my table, spilling my tea on my lap and burning my leg! Life is full of hazards when you think about it.

These are just a few worthless, pointless and irrelevant ideas that come to mind as I write. May I suggest to the councillor as delicately as possible that there may be other issues he could concentrate on other than disruptive, unhelpful, anti business schemes which indicate doubtful sanity. He could try sitting in a darkened room and remember that he was elected, concentrate and try to think of something potentially useful to the Town that he might bring up. If this fails and his condition doesn’t improve, it might be wise for him to see a psychiatrist.

Matthew D Cormack

Radcliffe Road,