I am not impressed by promotional street stencils and have often made a point of bringing you photographs of Bath pavements defaced – not by vandals – but by those with official B&NES permission to get themselves noticed in this way.
It’s only chalk – l am told – and will soon be washed away by rain or rubbed out by passing feet.
I still don’t think that excuses putting them along the pavement in front of the city’s Grade l listed Royal Crescent or at the foot of Georgian pillars in the colonnade entrance to Abbey Churchyard.
The latest bit of ‘clever’ advertising to arrive – and it’s approved by the Council – is stick-on posters that can be placed near the doorways of businesses taking part in the city’s annual Fashion Festival.
Now that is a great annual event – and long may it flourish – but do we really need to stick posters on our pavements to promote it?
B&NES spends a lot of ratepayers money each year picking up litter, scrubbing out gull and pigeon mess and attempting to remove chewing gum and graffiti.
We try to encourage our young people not to drop litter – and not to deface walls with so-called tags – but now we as adults are sending out very mixed messages.
This is a World Heritage city but only – it would seem – when it suits.
We don’t need our pavements covered with posters.
Even if they do – as l was assured – ‘come up easily.’
I totally agree with you Richard and I was just thinking the same when I noticed it yeasterday!
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