Council apologises for removal of fayre signs
Contractors disposing of posters take down notices
SOUTH Bucks District Council has apologised after contractors removed signs advertising Beaconsfield’s annual country fayre prior to the event on Bank Holiday Monday.
The signs were put up by organisers on Saturday, August 22 but were taken down by contractors, who had been tasked with ridding the area of posters.
The country fayre signs, which organisers say they had permission to put up, were removed and then disposed of.
In an email to South Bucks District Council, Simon Woolf, one of the event’s organisers, said: “I am very disappointed to learn that contractors employed by SBDC took this action and removed the signs for the Beaconsfield Country Fayre.
“As you can see from the attached example, our
Signs like this one were removed from Beaconsfield by South Bucks District Council in the lead up to the country fayre signs are quite clearly not fly posters and we did get permission before putting these up. This is such a waste of time and money!”
“Something has clearly gone wrong here and there needs to be a system in place whereby if an organisation holding a large community event erects signs and seeks permission for doing so, the signs are not removed.
“If unfortunately the signs are erroneously removed, the signs should be held for a reasonable period before disposal, as they are not the council’s property, or that of their agents, to merely destroy.”
People living in Beaconsfield also criticised the council’s actions.
Posting on Facebook, Reverend Jeremy Brooks of St Mary and All Saints Church, said: “A real shame that such a great community event is undermined by the actions of the district council – money now wasted on making extra signs rather than being able to give it to the charities supported by this event.”
A South Bucks District Council spokesman said: “We would like to apologise to the Fayre organisers for this error and hope the removal of signs will not impact on what is traditionally a wonderful occasion for Beaconsfield.
“This will be taken up with our contractors to establish how this error happened and what measures we can take to avoid such mistakes being repeated.”
Our signs are
quite clearly not fly posters
and we did get permission before putting