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Stony Stratford council throws out smoking ban proposal

A proposal to ban smoking in parts of a Buckinghamshire town has been rejected by the town council.

A plan for a total smoking ban in public in Stony Stratford was first put forward in 2011 by independent councillor Paul Bartlett.

After protests, it was amended to limit it to certain public places, including play areas and car parks, but it was turned down by seven votes to one.

Mr Bartlett said the decision was "very disappointing".

Stuart Moore, the Acting Chair of UKIP in Milton Keynes, who led the campaign against the ban, said: "The defeat is resounding, everybody voted against it, it should be done and dusted, forgotten, because this council have a lot of other things of pressing priority that they have to do for the local community."

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