A bit of a laugh?

IT IS a relief to see seafront residents and the bosses of Carters Steam Fair finally put their differences in the past.

IT IS a relief to see seafront residents and the bosses of Carters Steam Fair finally put their differences in the past.

Anna Carter and people from Beach Road should be applauded for getting together and talking through the problem of emissions and noise from the attraction.

Thanks to the meeting on Tuesday, the residents' fears have been alleviated and bridges have been built between the two parties.

Most of them say measures to dampen the clatter of the classic rides and restrict pollution have worked and they no longer object, which can only be good news for all concerned.


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It is all too easy to snipe and raise objections, but it takes courage to face up to the issue and talk those in opposition.

Hopefully, tourism bosses can now get on with putting on even more exciting events on the Beach Lawns.

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Because we all know Weston needs the vital pounds visitors bring.

'A BIT of a laugh' is how one of our most senior elected representatives describes his car sticker that brands Weston a small town with 'a lot of assholes'.

Councillor Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council's culture chief, says the note is not a serious comment on the people he represents.

He may well claim it is no more than a cheeky statement, but some of his constituents will doubtless not find it quite as funny.

Many of us display stickers on our cars to show our support for a football team or to provide a little amusement to those in the car behind.

But few will go as far as to exhibit anything that could be deemed offensive.

We hear a lot about a lack of respect in today's society, and many will question whether somebody in a position or responsibility should be making such jokes.

After all, at the next round of elections, it will be the people to whom Cllr Bryant's bumper sticker refers that will have the final say on whether it is funny.

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