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14-Jun-2017 11:56 PM
15-Jun-2017 06:25 AM
15-Jun-2017 08:38 AM
Osborne is quite right of course and many Windsorians will be concerned that an area intended to be restful, tranquil and relaxing should be morphed into this... this... Come on! Say it! ... vulgar installation.
Its vulgarity of style, colour, noise, and its intrusive appearance is a far cry from the peaceful serenity of the original gardens and the riverside and wholly out of place in a conservation area.
It never ceases to amaze me that there are some, fortunately only a few, who cannot live their lives without blaring music at all times thumping in their ears, be it whilst driving, sitting or walking in public places or in their gardens. Fortunately there are regulations against such anti-social behaviour. Unfortunately they are rarely enforced and even, as in this case, condoned by legitimising such proposals which are, it must be accepted, for the sole purpose of making money. The proposal certainly is not based on any philanthropic desire to enhance the area, for in that department it fails totally and miserably.
The proposal is supported by the town centre business partnership but, with no concrete proof that retailers derive any significant benefit, I would suggest that by attracting potential customers away from the shopping area, and enticing them into spending money at the fairground, there will be less revenue available to local businesses, and certainly less footfall.
I have every faith however in Windsor’s councillors and that this year they will see that the proposal is not in the interests of the town, degrades and damages the gardens for unacceptably long periods and renders them unusable for increasing periods of time by those for whom the gardens were originally intended.
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