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Brantham pub told to take signs down

A Brantham Landlady says she is “bewildered” by a Council’s order to take down pub signs that have been on display outside her pub for several years.

• Brantham Bull Landlady, Debbie Lee, on the empty grass verge

Debbie Lee, owner of the Brantham Bull says she received an order from Babergh Council to remove all the A-boards on the verge outside. “We know the verge outside is Council land, but we have always maintained it and use the boards to advertise our charity quiz nights, live music and special offers. We rely on passing trade, especially during the summer months and now no-one will know what’s going on. The signs have been out for so many years that people might even think we are closed.”

The pub has been told it needs planning permission to display the boards, but that if it does apply it will be highly unlikely to succeed. “We are now in a situation where we are just maintaining Council land for them for free,” says Debbie. “Even though we can’t use the verge, we have to cut the grass and keep it tidy or it will make the pub look bad. It’s a shame that at a time when Councils should be supporting rural pubs they are taking away one of our most traditional ways of advertising. The impact it will have on us is huge.”

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