A short trip from Mar­ket Place

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - J W Blaney, Wok­ing­ham

Just when we thought work on Mar­ket Place had been done and dusted, that the con­trac­tors had packed their bags and left town, the pow­ers-that-be an­nounced that yet an­other com­ple­tion dead­line had been well and truly missed, un­veil­ing, fol­low­ing is­sues raised in The

Wok­ing­ham Pa­per, their in­ten­tion to un­der­take a new Mar­ket Place safety au­dit.

Surely com­mon sense should have dic­tated that the re­quired thor­ough health and safety as­sess­ment pro­gramme be com­pleted prior to work com­menc­ing, rather than scram­bling, now that the horse has bolted, to pre­pare one as an af­ter thought, re­sult­ing in the pour­ing of ad­di­tional sums of tax pay­ers’ money down the mu­nic­i­pal drain.

“Not me guv” buck pass­ing and the spout­ing of more bovine doo-doo as in­mates of Shute End Tow­ers ap­par­ently choose to dis­re­gard warn­ings of ac­ci­dents wait­ing to hap­pen.

The Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for Re­gen­er­a­tion, Cllr Philip Mirfin, claims (well, he would, wouldn’t he?) “The new Mar­ket Place looks fan­tas­tic. Re­ally?

Per­haps he should’ve gone to Spec­savers (other op­ti­cians are avail­able). They are, af­ter all, just a short “trip” from the town hall.

Cer­tainly one thing can be agreed. The fact that Mar­ket Traders are re­turn­ing to where they be­long, for it is they who will bring colour and char­ac­ter to an oth­er­wise bland ex­panse of unin­spir­ing York stone paving.

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