Thurrock Council took action against these posters going up last year promoting the Stanford & Corringham Carnival

Thurrock Council seem to be pretty relaxed about posters going up advertising events at their premises which they’re hiring out…funny that…

Last August we wrote this post – Have the control freaks at Thurrock Council lost the plot? – about the control freaks at the council tearing down posters promoting the Stanford & Corringham Carnival and slapping a £150 fine on the organisers. This was for an alleged infringement of council regulations regarding the placement of promotional material on street furniture. The fine was eventually revoked after a public protest. The organisers were warned they shouldn’t put up any signs in future otherwise they would face further action.

Well, it would appear that the attitude towards posters promoting events depends on whose premises / land they’re taking place on: ‘One rule for them, another for us’ – anger of carnival organisers over council’s lack of action on illegal banners. It would seem that if an event is taking place in premises / on land owned by Thurrock Council who get revenue for hiring them out, somehow there’s a considerably more relaxed attitude towards flyposting.

To some observers, in the grand scheme of things, this may seem petty. Well, it wasn’t and still isn’t petty for the organisers of the Stanford & Corringham Carnival. For those who want to see a bit of probity from Thurrock Council (we can all dream, can’t we), it’s not petty as this is yet another arrogant display of double standards laced with a degree of incompetence. In theory, in an ideal world, a local council would be the servants of the residents. We’re a long way from being in an ideal world and local councils seem to think they can arbitrarily lord it over us mere plebs, handing out fines, bans and punishments as they see fit to keep us in line. That’s as long as we continue to let them get away with it…