Stony smokers ban postponed

Anti smoking-ban protestors in Stony Stratford with Dick Puddlecote (front, far right), Aylesbury Counillor Chris Adams (in red coat), Stuart moore (dark coat with red collar) and Patrick Hayes (behind Stuart)
Anti smoking-ban protestors in Stony Stratford with Dick Puddlecote (front, far right), Aylesbury Counillor Chris Adams (in red coat), Stuart moore (dark coat with red collar) and Patrick Hayes (behind Stuart)
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THE fight will continue against a smoking ban in Stony Stratford despite the motion being postponed until September.

Nearly 200 protesters took to the streets on a rain-soaked Saturday to air their grievances against Cllr Paul Bartlett’s proposal to ban people from smoking on the streets in the town.

The motion was due to be discussed on Tuesday night, but Mr Bartlett asked for it to be postponed to a later date.

Charles Brindley, Clerk of Stony Stratford Town Council said: “I have been notified by Cllr Paul Bartlett he wishes to withdraw his motion on the agenda for the Town Council’s meeting on September 20.”

Stuart Moore, vice chairman of UKIP Milton Keynes, who helped organise Saturday’s protest (above), was delighted with the postponement but was keen not to let the issue lie.

“We won’t forget,” he said. “I’ve been given a watching brief so that if it rears it’s ugly head again then we will be there to fight against it. We spoke to so many people on the streets before the protest and not one person was in agreement that the ban was a good idea.”

The Stony Stratford Business Association has launched a survey to find people’s views on this proposal and has prepared an online survey with just six questions.

The survey, which is for members of SSBA only, is completely anonymous unless explicit permission is given to re-contact people by leaving their contact details with us. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/T5DKZ8C.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Business Association committee member Chris Brookes at chris.brookes@start-up-research.co.uk.