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The bypass blues has got me

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Councillor Lyon’s letter (20 November) seems to bemoan a lack of general enthusiasm for the recently reopened Railway Park, as well as lamenting some perceived hindrance to the Butler Street bypass construction.

As the correspondent seemed securely ensconced, well away from the scene, I thought there was some irony in this.

If anyone might well sing the bypass blues, it is surely those who are directly affected by the current upheavals, the mess and noise. Those who know how intolerable the ongoing noise disruption, fumes, pollution etc will certainly prove. Let alone the ripping out of bush that at least provided some screening from the noise-making in town.

Perhaps someone will suggest the future erection of a noble figure cast in bronze to commemorate persons linked to these benisons of capitalism’s tools to the benefit of capitalist interests? Heaven forfend!

Sings: ‘Woke up this mornin’ with an awful aching head (repeat). ‘Cos all that noise, mess and destruction weigh my spirit down like lead’.


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