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.
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.’