A council has removed clown posters after a woman complained that she "could not physically walk or drive" past it. Leighton Buzzard Town Council said it took down adverts for John Lawson's Circus, posted outside the Falcon pub, at the woman's request.
The authority said it was a "short-term, easily solvable problem". The council said the unnamed woman had told it she lived very near to where
the posters are displayed on Stanbridge Road. It said the circus would only be allowed to go ahead in future years if it
agreed not to use the posters. Senior operations officer Lisa Jarvis said it was the third year running they
had been removed.
Although she admitted it was the first time the authority had told the circus
to stop using the adverts. "We take complaints on a case by case basis but this was a short-term, easily
solvable problem," she said. "The circus is on the park which is our responsibility and we are responsible
to our residents, so something like that is in our gift to fix, so we fixed it."
Hypnotherapist Christine Black said fear of clowns is fairly common and she
could understand how "fearful" the woman felt but the wrong approach was being
taken. "The council have merely accommodated her fear," she said. "[The lady] is trying to manage her fear by controlling her environment but
she needs to control the irrational fear."
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