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Section 20: The World's Gone Mad

This is one that we really don’t understand.

All along the restored Forth and Clyde canal, these nice wooden gate stops have been faithfully re-created.

The purpose of them is to support the beam and protect the mitres when the gates are closed.
Every one of them is fitted with an 18 inch gap between the stop and the beam.
On querying this the reply was “ Health and Safety. If we put them too close some one may get trapped in between” (You are referred to the fifth photo in Section 7: Fences & Railings)

If they are not to fulfil their intended purpose what is the point of wasting time and money fitting them!