Banners ‘let us down’

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Ripped, torn...Gore resi dent Kay Howden points to one of the ripped Gore District Council promotion flag’s on Gore’s Main St which she says lets the town down. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore resident Kay Howden is embarrassed by the state of the banners in Gore’s main streets.

The banners promote the Gore district, but Mrs Howden said they were not a good advertisement for the area.

“They are torn and dishevelled and frankly would be better removed,” Mrs Howden said.

“The ones by the police station are ripped to shreds.

“There’s hardly anything left even.”

Even when the banners were new the colour and design did not appeal to her.

“Something bright would have been good.”

She would prefer all the torn flags were taken down, even if they were not replaced.

“Anything would be better than looking at what is there now.”

She hoped the Christmas-themed banners would go up soon.

“The Christmas ones are quite nice.”

Gardeners worked hard keeping plots tidy and colourful to make the town attractive.

“They work in all weathers to keep things looking good and the flags let us down.”

She was sure the ragged banners were the first thing visitors to the town noticed.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said the district banners usually lasted between 10 and 18 months, depending on the weather.

“We try to replace any damaged flags as soon as practicable, but have to rely upon availability of a contractor to undertake this work,” Mr Soper said.

“Generally, we have the council-branded flags flying, except for the festive season.”

There was no specific amount set aside in the budget for banner replacements.

They cost $75 each. There are 90 in Gore and Mataura.

Network Electrical Services was the contractor that replaced the banners.

“The cost is approximately $1500 per changeover, plus traffic management charges.”

Research by The Ensign revealed about a third of the banners needed replacing.