It isn’t always that expert advice aligns with public opinion. So, when it does, how should a town council respond?
With former presidents of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Town Planning Institute against the painting of yellow lines around Faversham’s historic Guildhall, as well as knighted architects and the chairman of the Academy of Urbanism, you might take notice of the issue.
When 85% of people voting in a public poll also oppose the idea you would do well to sit up and pay attention.
But what did Faversham Town Council do this evening?
Quite the opposite. It voted to ignore both the experts and the public. It voted to deface a cherished building by painting yellow lines around it; yellow lines that will continue to allow people to park in front of the building; that will leave us all staggered at the gall of our elected representatives.
For yellow lines 6
Against 2 (Belsom, Hook)