Petition to change Surbiton Christmas tree 'most middle class ever'

This Is Local London: Ugly? The Christmas tree on Surbiton's Victoria Road roundabout Ugly? The Christmas tree on Surbiton's Victoria Road roundabout

Some create online petitions to influence government policy or campaign for social causes.

In Surbiton things are done slightly differently.

One resident has petitioned Waitrose to replace the sponsored Christmas tree on the Victoria Road roundabout, to bring the display “more inline with the keeping of Surbiton.”

Digital marketing director Martin Goode said: "More people seem to verbally agree with the bad tree situation rather than anything else. Have written to Waitrose about it!"

At the time of writing the petition, hosted by Activism.com and dubbed “the most middle class petition you will ever see” on Twitter, had attracted two signatures.

This Is Local London:

It reads: “Waitrose has kindly sponsored the Christmas Tree outside Surbiton station again this year.

“However as many of you may of noticed, it's quite an ugly sight compared to the rest of the decoration within the Surbiton area and especially when compared to previous successful years.

“Ideally you live in the local area and have seen this in person rather than blindly signing the petition :)”.

This Is Local London:

How do you think the Surbiton Christmas tree rates? Let us know by leaving a comment or writing a letter to: letters@surreycomet.co.uk.


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12:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

FlipperW says...

The tree is smaller this year as the lamp-post which previously stood in the centre of the roundabout and supported the three-tree behemoth of recent years no longer exists.
The tree is smaller this year as the lamp-post which previously stood in the centre of the roundabout and supported the three-tree behemoth of recent years no longer exists. FlipperW

12:10pm Tue 3 Dec 13

DB says...

If I were Waitrose management, I'd withdraw all funding for the tree next year if people act like this. I had seen the petition and assumed it was someone taking the mickey out of Surbiton and it's 'Good Life' reputation.

To think it is in any way serious is quite frightening.

Sure, the tree isn't as good as it's predecessors, but how many town centres are without one at all and how many of the ones that do have a better tree have had it paid for by the council/tax payers?

I don't even understand what the phrase 'more inline with the keeping of Surbiton' means, but I think Surbiton is quite a badly kept and neglected town centre because of years of horrendous planning mistakes. Having a small Christmas tree on the roundabout improves it rather than anything else.
If I were Waitrose management, I'd withdraw all funding for the tree next year if people act like this. I had seen the petition and assumed it was someone taking the mickey out of Surbiton and it's 'Good Life' reputation. To think it is in any way serious is quite frightening. Sure, the tree isn't as good as it's predecessors, but how many town centres are without one at all and how many of the ones that do have a better tree have had it paid for by the council/tax payers? I don't even understand what the phrase 'more inline with the keeping of Surbiton' means, but I think Surbiton is quite a badly kept and neglected town centre because of years of horrendous planning mistakes. Having a small Christmas tree on the roundabout improves it rather than anything else. DB

12:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

captain_shamrock says...

It's great that Waitrose, the store that pioneered the sale of nobbly vegatables, is sponsoring our ever so slightly nobbly Christmas tree.

Ok, so it's not the Naomi Campbell of Christmas trees, but it's got far more personality than those super model ones you see flaunting themselves around Trafalgar Square. It might be a wee bit stumpy and have a wider girth, but it will brighten up our Christmas nights better than some skinny Norwegian.

Well done to all concerned. Don't let the style fascists take it away. Yet one more thing that's great about Surbiton.
It's great that Waitrose, the store that pioneered the sale of nobbly vegatables, is sponsoring our ever so slightly nobbly Christmas tree. Ok, so it's not the Naomi Campbell of Christmas trees, but it's got far more personality than those super model ones you see flaunting themselves around Trafalgar Square. It might be a wee bit stumpy and have a wider girth, but it will brighten up our Christmas nights better than some skinny Norwegian. Well done to all concerned. Don't let the style fascists take it away. Yet one more thing that's great about Surbiton. captain_shamrock

1:57pm Tue 3 Dec 13

JPR says...

DB wrote:
If I were Waitrose management, I'd withdraw all funding for the tree next year if people act like this. I had seen the petition and assumed it was someone taking the mickey out of Surbiton and it's 'Good Life' reputation.

To think it is in any way serious is quite frightening.

Sure, the tree isn't as good as it's predecessors, but how many town centres are without one at all and how many of the ones that do have a better tree have had it paid for by the council/tax payers?

I don't even understand what the phrase 'more inline with the keeping of Surbiton' means, but I think Surbiton is quite a badly kept and neglected town centre because of years of horrendous planning mistakes. Having a small Christmas tree on the roundabout improves it rather than anything else.
Good idea

these Waiterose managers does not care about the clients they are the worst and sometimes it's better to refuse sponsorship from Waitrose which is more an insult like this ridiculous tree.

Money first, clients after.
Thank you Waitrose.
[quote][p][bold]DB[/bold] wrote: If I were Waitrose management, I'd withdraw all funding for the tree next year if people act like this. I had seen the petition and assumed it was someone taking the mickey out of Surbiton and it's 'Good Life' reputation. To think it is in any way serious is quite frightening. Sure, the tree isn't as good as it's predecessors, but how many town centres are without one at all and how many of the ones that do have a better tree have had it paid for by the council/tax payers? I don't even understand what the phrase 'more inline with the keeping of Surbiton' means, but I think Surbiton is quite a badly kept and neglected town centre because of years of horrendous planning mistakes. Having a small Christmas tree on the roundabout improves it rather than anything else.[/p][/quote]Good idea these Waiterose managers does not care about the clients they are the worst and sometimes it's better to refuse sponsorship from Waitrose which is more an insult like this ridiculous tree. Money first, clients after. Thank you Waitrose. JPR

6:06pm Tue 3 Dec 13

cosnett1925 says...

I must have missed something here is it what it's meant to be a tree,that is what they look like naked you know without Mickey Mouse,or Peppa pig decorations on them .By the way if that is all you have to worry about you should class yourself as a very lucky person
I must have missed something here is it what it's meant to be a tree,that is what they look like naked you know without Mickey Mouse,or Peppa pig decorations on them .By the way if that is all you have to worry about you should class yourself as a very lucky person cosnett1925

12:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mikenm says...

"may of noticed". Haven't they heard of "have noticed"?
Appalling!

Tree looks alright to me, but how does the roundabout feel?
"may of noticed". Haven't they heard of "have noticed"? Appalling! Tree looks alright to me, but how does the roundabout feel? mikenm

2:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

kelliep1970 says...

Go door to door next year and let the residents fork out for and go shopping for a better tree if they cant be happy with the one they are given... season of good will remember... xx ungrateful springs to mind im afraid xx
Go door to door next year and let the residents fork out for and go shopping for a better tree if they cant be happy with the one they are given... season of good will remember... xx ungrateful springs to mind im afraid xx kelliep1970

5:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Beverly RA says...

I'm really pleased that I don't live in Surbiton that's full of cringing poms.
I'm really pleased that I don't live in Surbiton that's full of cringing poms. Beverly RA

9:46am Thu 5 Dec 13

MillieMac says...

Some people have far too much time on their hands!
Some people have far too much time on their hands! MillieMac

3:11pm Fri 6 Dec 13

DB says...

Beverly RA wrote:
I'm really pleased that I don't live in Surbiton that's full of cringing poms.
I do live in Surbiton, and just find this type of action very embarrassing!
[quote][p][bold]Beverly RA[/bold] wrote: I'm really pleased that I don't live in Surbiton that's full of cringing poms.[/p][/quote]I do live in Surbiton, and just find this type of action very embarrassing! DB

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