In the middle-class area where I live, I have noticed more and more of the sign shown above – a laminated A4 poster, attached to lampposts or railings with plastic cable ties. They used to be put up mainly by the owners of missing pets, but these days all sorts of organisations use them, including public bodies and councils.
I have to say that I dislike them – I find them ugly, and cable ties are a particular bugbear of mine. But what really bothers me is what they imply for the future of the traditional community noticeboard. There seem to be fewer and fewer of these outside community halls, churches and council offices, presumably replaced by emails and the laminated lamp-poster. In their traditional form – wooden, with glass – or Perspex-fronted opening doors – they are a lovely and reassuring piece of “street furniture” whose mismatched contents let you know that local community spirit was something real. Somehow the laminated and cable-tied signs don’t seem the same.