Friday, September 30, 2011

Tonbridge High Street Advertising Banners....

If anyone was wondering how come Sevenoak's Stag Theatre managed to get their pantomime banner with pictures of Dirty Den emblazoned across Tonbridge High Street then you'll be pleased to know that they have agreed to have them removed. It's a bit ironic when the Tonbridge Arts festival and other events in the town have been unable to get permission to have their advertising banners across the street when the Stag managed it isn't it. What a flippin cheek you might well think. As usual with council matters it beggars belief how these things come about. I'm reliably informed that the Stag applied, quite legitimately, to the council and gained the correct permission to erect their banners. The confusion of course is in that phrase: "the council." The council in this case is not Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, who we'd like to think would never have given their permission, but Kent County Council who have jurisdiction over the highways and pavements which, apparently, includes the air above the roads as well as the actual tarmac! The result, in this case, was permission being granted to a Sevenoaks organisation who clearly met the safety criteria when previous Tonbridge applications have been unsuccessful for whatever reason. Joined up thinking? I think not!...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where would it have ended? Assembly Hall panto?, New York Xmas exibition at Blue Water? Widdecomb at Darford?

TonbridgeCommuter said...

Maybe Tonbridge would be better as a unitary authority and responsible for everything - certainly be simpler

sebfox said...

It would depend on how the banner was erected. If it was attached to buildings in the high street, then it would fall under the juristiction of T & M borough council. Kent County Council would only grant permission if the banner was self supporting, ie poles erected specifically for the purpose of supporting the banner, but not attached to any shopfronts or established buildings.
I never noticed the banner, so I can't say how it was strung across the road, but I'm guessing it was attached to a building at either end.If that's the case, your "reliable" informant was tellig you porkie pies, and permission would have been granted by NOT Kent County, but Tonbridge and Malling.

Anonymous said...

They can hang one in my front garden if thay want. 20 quid a week

Anonymous said...

(Excuse the spelling)

Anonymous said...

On second thoughts, i don't fancy waking up to Dirty Den's face every morning. I'll wait and see who's in next years panto.

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