Various commercial and citizens’ organisations in Clitheroe, Lancashire, have colluded in addressing the appalling state of the town’s flagstones. An alliance of business groups, councillors and conservationists have organised a petition demanding action from the authorities. The president of the Chamber of Trade emphasised the need for solutions to be put squarely on the table. While it was in everyone’s interests to maintain the steady flow of locals and visitors streaming through Clitheroe to take advantage of its many amenities, all the good work in attracting footfall was being negated by the terrible state of the pavements.
The issue of damaged flagstones was made even worse when viewed in the context of the town centre being a conservation area. A representative of one Clitheroe business, Party People, explained how petitions were being distributed to every retail outlet in the vicinity. Members of the local civic society were volunteering to go onto the streets to encourage passers-by to put pen to paper. Those involved in launching this campaign for street improvements could point to research that highlighted the shortfall in funds being allocated to repairs.
What are the main issues being spotlighted by the petition?
The crux of the argument is a fairly basic one. Damaged flagstones are a direct cause of innumerable accidents throughout the UK. They are particularly prevalent in bustling town centres, just like Clitheroe, where large visitor numbers are attracted to the many fine shops, cafés and restaurants. The accidents arising from falling over crumbling pavements range from cuts and bruises to more serious instances of broken bones or concussion. At the end of the day the local council has a duty to safeguard all the citizens using public thoroughfares.
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Source: Clitheroe Advertiser
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown