I am shocked by the article titled ‘“Love or hate” poll produces landmark result’.
This was the first time I had seen this poll, along with ‘everyone’ I spoke to, as such this could hardly be described as a representative view of the residents and businesses of Keswick. Unless you stumbled across this company you would never have heard of them and not had the opportunity to contribute, indeed without your ‘£1 share’ you would not even be counted. I am also a little nervous about the motivation of a ‘not for profit’ organisation offering a ‘dividend’ for your contribution to data that would be sold to interested organisations.
I am still to find a significant number of people who were supportive of this action, and as a resident and business owner in Keswick I speak to a lot of people including residents, businesses and tourists alike. From my research I would state that there was a massive disappointment in these signs and question whether they did indeed achieve their objective, they certainly did not reflect the views of Keswick in its entirety.
I believe this was one of the worst thought through strategies the town has undertaken. Not least as it was not discussed in detail with a number of the council members, see previous Reminder article. Indeed untangling this will be far more difficult than the creation and as we know any good strategy needs a good exit plan.
I am shocked that anyone would feel this was a good idea, after all you would only see the signs if you were here, similar to another campaign rejected by a senior council member. The comment ‘it did it’s job’ is crass and ill thought through, in fact the council has now created a three point plan, ‘for the recovery of Keswick following Covid-19’, to get the town back to life, and it will be Keswick and the businesses that have to fix this.
National authorities and other associated messages did the job and were far more elegant in their approach. In fact we are already trying to build bridges and dispel some of the negative comments we have all see on social media.
As Mr Disraeli stated: “There are lies, damned lies and statistics” – it would appear he had a point in this case, this poll is a sad mis-representation of the majority view of Keswick, it’s residents, the businesses and the tourists that feed us.
A sad day people.