Market ban is barking mad

PUBLISHED: 12:29 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 10 May 2010

Walking into the Market Square last Saturday I noticed the familiar stalls but also the absence of the resident barker Aaron, inviting passers-by to purchase fruit and veg at ideal prices. To my astonishment his colleague told me that there had been co

Walking into the Market Square last Saturday I noticed the familiar stalls but also the absence of the resident 'barker' Aaron, inviting passers-by to purchase fruit and veg at ideal prices.

To my astonishment his colleague told me that there had been "complaints". This reminded me of a similar case in London last year.

Who are these complainants? Name and address withheld no doubt. And of course the council's health and safety team have to respond by issuing a gagging order.

This is sadly typical of Walden but how would people have reacted in the distant past, when country towns were full of noise?

Now incomers complain about church bells in villages, tractors, combines, cattle arriving early at market, dairy cows mooing too loudly (if there are any left), and even the dawn chorus! If nature could be prosecuted, they'd do it!

Well, the dear old carnival makes a din but that's not very often - why doesn't the council tackle the racket made by all manner of vehicles every day, everywhere?

Because of a few mean-minded and presumably secure people, a young man appears to have lost his livelihood for which he was apparently well-suited. I witnessed a shopkeeper 50 yards away in an impromptu 'barking' session over the price of strawberries and the exchange amused shoppers.

Yes, he's a bit shrill at times, but maybe he could be fitted with a silencer which might tone him down a little to please the wingers?

Aaron should be reinstated, if that's what he wants, as he's an asset to the town and adds some life to what is, when all's said and done, a rather complacent, self-satisfied backwater.

As someone who had a relative who was a Liberal MP for Saffron Walden (North Essex constituency), I would like to think that he too would have asked for justice to be done and seen to be done!

J Howarth, Debden Road, Saffron Walden

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