Friday, August 24

The Death of Good Reason

It is difficult to know what to make of a report in The Journal that according to planning officer Fiona Clarke "local opposition isn't a good enough reason to refuse planning permission". That staggering comment of course begs the question what is good reason .
Apparantly local objectors said that a proposed Funeral Director's new premises would depress elderly people living nearby. Raymond Ives, of the Pea Farm Residents' Association added that: "A business like this would be more suited to an industrial unit. This is a residential area, the business would be out of keeping with this, and there are many other empty commercial premises in Stanley which could be used."
Funeral parlours in the main streets of many north east towns are very much apart of the local sceen and for many decades it was customary for some multi-skilled men to start a joinery and undertakers business. Previously local residents seemed remarkably happy to face the makers of wooden overcoats in our main retail areas but not these days what's changed one wonders?
Planning permission in this particular case was granted despite the objections of the local people.

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