Coun­cil apol­o­gises for re­moval of fayre signs

Con­trac­tors dis­pos­ing of posters take down no­tices

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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

these up”



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