Tessa Klemz, manager of Masham Community Office,

wits’ order Tour de France bunting to be taken down

Owner of Market Place sweet shop Bah Humbugs Lucy Scott Paul said: couldn believe it, I found it absolutely absurd that the council could send out their tree surgeons. Tessa Klemz, manager of Masham Community Office, said: health and safety gone crazy ## ## . Sheep do not fall over when they get wet, so why should lampposts? A borough council spokesman said an inspection of the lampposts had revealed damage to the base of one of them and called for ideas where the bunting could be displayed.

He said: are now looking to see what options are available to have them re fixed in Masham, so that residents can actively support the imminent arrival of the Tour de France. A county council spokesman said: “Following Harrogate Borough Council erection of bunting in Masham we noticed that the lighting columns were leaning and in the interest of safety we asked the council to take them down as a matter of some urgency.

Mrs Klemz said aghast traders and residents salvaged the bunting and had hung it outside their shops and homes to ensure the volunteers work would still be seen, but that it was not as visible as it had been.

Masham Parish Council chairman and bed and breakfast owner Councillor Andrew Burrell said he was disappointed the bunting had been moved, but accepted it had been based on health and safety advice.

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