11:10am Thursday 19th September 2013
AS the sponsor of the online petition, I really must respond to Councillor Carr’s reported remarks in last week’s article “Guildhall will fly the flag over town”.
Cllr Carr is factually incorrect when he says “though a simple direct request would have been sufficient”.
At least two “simple direct requests” were made to one of his officers, and here are the responses: 1. I have taken soundings within the council and there is not a great level of support formore flag flying than is current. That takes account of the number of people like yourself, expressing their opinion, and it takes account of the additional cost which would be incurred if such a proposal was to be implemented. As already explained the council follows the policy advice that the government issues for its own offices. I am sorry that does not support your view.
2. Thanks for your inquiry. There is a range of views about which flag to fly and when it should be flown from public buildings, and it costs someone’s time to raise and lower them. The council flies flags in accordance with the advice given by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. We do not fly a flag from our buildings on the birthdays of the Duchess of Cambridge or the Countess of Wessex, nor on St David’s, St Patrick’s or St Andrew’s days. The Cross of St George is flown on St George’s Day (23 April).
Liz Ferla Kellys Walk Andover
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