Sleaford has moved a step closer to having Fairtrade signs welcoming visitors to the town.
Councillors have voted to fund the said signs – providing Lincolnshire County Council highways gives permission for them to be put up.
But the county has told The Standard it’s approval is not required provided they are placed on the ornate welcome signs owned by the town council.
The decision to back the initiative was made at Wednesday’s full town council meeting following a report from Coun Gary Titmus, who led the group considering this.
He told members: “I didn’t know we were a Fairtrade town since 2011. I think any sign we can put up would help me and anyone else to know we are a Fairtrade town.”
He also said he believed the services committee can ‘find money from it’s budget’ to fund the signs.
However Couns Grenville Jackson and Jan Mathieson both said in the past such attempts had been scuppered by the county council’s highways department.
County representative Coun Mark Allen said he would speak with his colleagues in County Hall to see if the issue could be resolved. In the meantime the town council is looking at costings.
However, following the meeting the county has told The Standard it will not stand in the way of signs being placed in the town – providing they are not attached to highway signs.
Joanne Johnson, signs manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I would very much support this idea but it’s actually something that Sleaford Town Council is better placed to do. Department for Transport rules prevent us from adding Fairtrade status onto the formal road signs, but it can be added to the ornamental ‘Welcome to Sleaford’ signs.”
The signs would help to reinforce the Fairtrade status of the town, as a community which supports the initiative calling for a trade system which puts people before profits, and making a commitment to and use products with the Fairtrade mark.