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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2006, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
Scaffolding still up despite ban
St Peter Port - Picture courtesy of VisitGuernsey
The annual St Peter Port scaffolding ban is imposed until autumn
"Unsightly" scaffolding in St Peter Port is still covering up main attractions despite a tourist season ban, Guernsey residents have said.

Six high-profile sites including the town church and markets, remain covered despite the ban imposed from 1 May.

Constables, who have the authority to grant permits for scaffolding to remain for exceptional or emergency work, would not comment on individual cases.

Islanders have said scaffolding spoils the look of the town for tourists.

Richard Brown, the island's chief officer for health and safety, said the matter is taken seriously.

He told BBC News: "There are always people who will try to 'push the envelope', but the constables have a very vociferous assistant who chases people incessantly to actually get scaffolds down if they start running over when they're for simple works like decoration."

The constables, who are the elected heads of the parish, also have the responsibility of enforcing the hedge-cutting law and have the power to declare a parishioner insane.

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