Diplomacy is key to pavement issue


Woodhall Spa Parish Council is hoping diplomacy rather than force will encourage business owners to remove ‘dangerous’ signs from pavements.

A member of the public complained at a parish council last month after an altercation with a cafe employee about an A-sign on the pavement in The Broadway.

The resident complained the sign was dangerous and causing an obstruction, particularly at busy times of the day.

Parish councillors were told that if they pressed for official action to remove the sign, it could lead to all ‘obstructions’ being removed.

That, in turn, led to fears any unlicensed Parisian-style pavement furniture outside cafes and restaurants on The Broadway and Station Road could be removed, along with any signs.

Now, parish councillors are hoping ‘words of wisdom’ from officers at Lincolnshire County Council will solve the problem - without damaging the village’s important cafe culture.

Council chairman David Clarke said: “No-one wants to see all the signs removed. Some of them are very useful. Hopefully, a quite word will help.”