Bartlett withdraws Stony smoking ban motion again

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THE controversial motion to consider banning smoking in Stony Stratford has been postponed for a second time.

Councillor Paul Bartlett’s initial proposal caused uproar not only in the town, but nationwide as smoking groups and local businesses reacted angrily against the motion.

Many campaigners were expected at the meeting in July to protest against the motion, but it was postponed, due to be heard on Tuesday night.

However, Mr Bartlett has withdrawn the motion for a second time, though it is believed he will submit it again later in the year.

A statement from the council said: “Councillor Bartlett has withdrawn the motion calling for the ban on smoking and therefore this will not be considered by the council at the full council meeting on September 20.

“The motion calling for the ban on smoking is likely to be considered at a future meeting.”