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New Holyrood signs 'just common sense', MSPs argue

13th July 2010 | Office Signs

The introduction of safety signage and other advisory measures is often just a matter of common sense, it has been suggested.

While acknowledging the need for disabled visitors to Holyrood in Edinburgh to be given appropriate information regarding easy access into and around the Scottish Parliament building, politicians have hit out at the news that consultants were paid £1,000 to advise on the need for new signage.

According to critics, the fee of £1,145 represents a waste of public funds, with the new signs merely advising people to give disabled visitors priority in the building's lifts.

"There are a number of MSPs with difficulties who could probably have given them the advice they needed for the price of a cup of coffee," Independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald told the Scotsman.

Another anonymous MSP told the newspaper that they "have told them to put up these signs", thereby saving taxpayers' money.

At the same time, the Blackpool Gazette has reported that councillors in the town are looking into calls for new safety signs to be erected by the River Wye so as to advise children playing there of the dangers of fast currents.

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