Further to my letter last week about the disruption caused by the cycling event, I fully expect a response from those who disagree with me and who believe disruption is a price worth paying for such events.
However having seen the chaos it caused I am also convinced that there are many who would agree with me.
The West Bars shop owner berating one of the stewards about the amount of business the disruption was causing him to lose, and the postal workers annoyed that they couldn’t get their vehicles into their place of work or get out to go home at the end of their shift being just two of those I observed who were disgruntled by the restrictions. How many more like this were there?
Added to this disruption to business and daily life were the chaotic scenes of numerous vehicles undertaking and hazardous three point turns. Of course the police, who owing to the all pervasive ‘cuts’ are normally as visible on the streets as the invisible man, were out in full force together with their helicopter. I assume Aviva were not footing the bill for this?
It wouldn’t be so bad if this was the last disruptive event, but inevitably another one will be along very soon.
It would also seem that from some of the recent pronouncements by the local authority regarding grandiose new building projects and their being little anti social behaviour in town that they live in some sort of parallel universe from those of us who see businesses constantly closing, leaving existing buildings standing empty, and disrespectful behaviour almost every day.