Northampton A Tale of Two Signs
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us”,
Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities
Unfortunately I don’t have the literacy skills of Charles Dickens but his famous sentence sprung to mind when I was out and about in Ecton Brook and Bellinge on Sunday.
It came about because of two signs that are being prominently displayed.
Sign number one is what I have written about before in raising the issue of just what kind of message does it send out to people entering the Borough of Northampton.
It is a sad not to say disgraceful indictment of the Conservative led Borough and County Councils that 117 days since first raising the issue the only thing that seems to have happens is the seasons have changed from winter to spring to summer.
Perhaps the intention is to hope, that the new growth will cover the sign from public view.
An interestingly new take on “kicking problems into the long grass” hoping it will go away.
Sign number two is one that the Council has erected following continual problems in an area of Bellinge with fly tipping.
The sign itself isn’t the problem but like all signs and especially those designed to solve a problem they are only useful if they are seen by the public as being effective.
The problem appears to be that the public don’t believe that the Council is serious and why should they when they see the condition of the ‘Welcome to Northampton’ sign.
As the majority of people know without the fear of enforcement signs mean nothing and are therefore are safe to be ignored.
It is clearly the case as far as at least one household is concerned because at the foot of the tree where the ‘Under Surveillance’ sign has been put up someone has dumped furniture.
So we have the Tale of Two signs, one that is ignored by the Conservative Councils and the other by Residents.
It is perhaps why so many people have turned their back on Northampton in the belief, to paraphrase Charles Dickens,
“We have had the worst of times and now are having an even worst of times”