A local farmer, who impersonates the well-known Christmas personality, has been refused planning permission for a sign advertising his coming to the area. Leaving Santa and his real reindeer, with nowhere to raise much-needed funds for local charities.
The local farmer, Paul Gibson, has hit out at North Ayrshire Council, accusing them of lacking Christmas spirit, and you can hardly blame him.
A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council declined to comment on suggestions the council lacked Christmas spirit, insisting that the issue was “purely a planning matter”.
This is one of those examples of bureaucracy beating common sense. I suspect this will be happening in other areas across the country and it’s important that local authorities get into the Christmas spirit when the time comes.