Thursday, 14 December 2017

Landlord annoyed by roadside poster complaint

A PUBLICAN has been told promotional posters outside his pub are not in breach of planning rules.

A PUBLICAN has been told promotional posters outside his pub are not in breach of planning rules.

Nick Willson, who runs the Flowing Spring in Henley Road, Playhatch, with his wife Hazel Lucas, was the subject of an enforcement investigation by South Oxfordshire District Council following a complaint by a member of the public.

The complainant alleged the A1-sized posters were ?unauthorised? as they were encroaching on the highway.

Now the council has told the couple the complaint has no grounds following a site visit by an official. Mr Willson said: ?We were quite confident there was no breach but obviously the council has to do its thing.

?I?m happy it?s done and dusted ? running a pub is a hard business and we do what we can to market it. We do lots of marketing ? we think we?re very good at it and that?s partly why we do so well.

?We have events that raise extra revenue and raise lots for charity and it?s annoying when we get a complaint like this.

?We would never, ever breach our licence in any way, or the law. For people to have a little poke at us is uncomfortable and annoying and actually, I think, pointless.

?We do everything we can to stay within the law and be considerate to those around us.?

When the pub?s car park flooded at the beginning of last year the couple put humorous messages on the posters.

These included ?come and visit our aqua park? and ?free moorings available?.

The pub lost business because the car park was under several feet of floodwater from before Christmas until late February.

It was the second year running that the couple had suffered the problem.

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