Nimbyism Of The Week
July 9, 2016
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Life for charities is hard enough in these straitened times without them becoming victims of nimbyism. Our local pub hosted a quiz this week on behalf of Action Medical Research and the charity’s representative put up a banner in the car park to advertise the event. It certainly got noticed and the pub had to deal with complaints from at least one local resident objecting to what they considered to be an eyesore. All credit to the pub who stood their ground.
At least the complainer didn’t have an ancient bylaw to fall back on, unlike the person who objected to a rubber duck race being hosted in the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water on behalf of Midland Freewheelers Blood Bikes. At 2.45 the fun was underway, motorbikes parked on the village green, around 100 rubber ducks bobbing up and down on the river Windrush, children running after them – you get the picture – when two officers of the law turned up and talked to the organisers.
Acting upon one or more complaints the Old Bill helpfully pointed out that there was a bylaw in the village which prevented the use of the village green for fundraising events on a Sunday. Rather than appear before the beak, the organisers abandoned the rubber duck race but not before it had raised £518 for the charity.
This is England!