I had a choice for my holiday destination this year; Bournemouth or Portugal.
Didn’t fancy all the covid aggro at the airports but neither did I fancy the gloomy weather forecast for the South Coast although I remembered great holidays as a kid in Sandbanks.
The sunshine won. I plumped for Cascais, an upmarket resort 30 minutes from Lisbon. A decent choice. Weather good, hotel pricey but reasonable value.
While away another reason for not picking Bournemouth has emerged. Incredibly the local council has scrapped all the deckchairs.
And it’s the reason that I find so shocking. Apparently last year thugs started using the chairs as weapons in old style Mods v Rockers fights on the beaches.
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So instead of the local police being asked to step up patrols or local magistrates being asked to jail these hooligans for long periods the council decided to get rid of the 3,500 chairs.
How supine. Deck chairs have been a feature on the Bournemouth beach for 100 years and last year brought in £200,000 in much needed revenue.
At the height of Covid last June and July Bournemouth was overrun with hundreds and thousands of people and fights regularly broke out.
The council should not bow to these thugs and the opposition should demand that they are reinstated for next year. Nor should the council be allowed to scrap the chairs without a public debate.
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