It’s better to talk to and work with the business community - that was the message delivered by Coun Nigel Sherwood to Brigg Town Council.
The newly elected Town Councillor, but long serving District Councillor, wanted a more softly softly approach over the proliferation of banners, bill boards and A boards in Brigg town centre and on the major Atherton Way roundabout.
Coun Ben Nobbs said there had been a constructive meeting with local authority officers.
“The idea is that we have a big push on this, but then we get complaints from the business community,” he said.
Coun Sherwood though had reservations about a big push.
“I am a little uneasy about this because it might affect Brigg businesses. I think we should meet with the ‘Business Partnership’ and discuss concerns, said Coun Sherwood.
“It seems to me that at the moment the Town Council is railroading down this route without consulting. That’s how it’s been interpreted.”
‘Birthday wish’ banners keep appearing, especially at the Atherton Way Roundabout on the Inner-Ring Road, but councillors agreed these were generally only in place for a day or two.
Coun Rob Waltham supported Coun Sherwood.
“Businesses have had a tough time. We don’t want ill feeling against the Town Council from them.”
And Coun James Truepenny pointed out that while councillors see these banners and boards they do not often break any laws.
Town Mayor Edward Arnott said what was needed was a simple guidance sheet, a quick reference to what is within the law; current guidelines being described as ‘lengthy and incredibly complicated’ by Coun Nobbs.
Council agreed to produce a ‘guidance sheet’ in simple terms explaining how signs and boards can be kept lawful.