Even before she opened the doors of her new business, Sally Cordell ruffled a few feathers.
Market Rasen Town Council reported the B&B side of her March Hare operation has not yet received planning permission and some market traders have complained over Sally’s builders using too many parking spaces in Market Place, not leaving enough room for their customers.
“We haven’t had the B&B coming before planning,” Mayor and fellow B&B owner John Matthews told last week’s council meeting.
Councillor Steve Bunney then said there have been ’issues’ of businesses using the Market Place.
“It causes concern that businesses use the Market Place as part of their business but not making it available to the town. It’s always a dilemma. Do you support business or the public. We have to get the right balance,” he said.
“A complaint has been put to West Lindsey District Council that work has started on that (B&B) business without planning permission,” Mayor Matthews added.
The March Hare cafe/wine bar opened on Friday on the corner of Market Place and Queen Street, in a building that had been empty for several years and was previously a wine bar.
Sally confirmed she did not yet have planning permission for the B&B, which will be sited upstairs from the cafe winebar.
That side of the business has not yet opened, though work on it was “coming along nicely” and she was “really pleased with it.”
The B&B was going through the planning permission process, she confirmed.
“If we want to improve the town, builders have to be here. It shouldn’t be for long,” Sally added.