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Council wants out of banners

Banners such as this one will now have to be put up after seeking permission from the building owners, if the Town Council gets its way.

Banners such as this one will now have to be put up after seeking permission from the building owners, if the Town Council gets its way.

SLEAFORD Town Council is looking to do away with responsibility for maintaining and granting permission for banners erected across Southgate in Sleaford.

Various organisations in the past have sought permission from the council to use the anchor points fixed up for the Christmas lights to suspend banners across the street, promoting everything from fun days to theatre shows.

Now the council does not intend to string lights across the street, instead opting for decorations lining the pavements on poles, no longer needing the anchor points fixed to buildings which have to be tested at a cost of £1,900 a year.

The council did not charge for putting up the banners, which has been done by a window cleaning company on its behalf.

Members of the council’s services committee agreed to write to the businesses and building owners with the anchor points suggesting they take over responsibility for the points or have them removed.

It would then be up to organisations to approach the businesses for permission to erect the banners.

l Are you an organisation that uses the banners? Let us know how this change of policy will affect you.

 

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