“Childish” county to axe ‘pride’ signs

Market Rasen Town Sign ENGEMN00120120529081907
Market Rasen Town Sign ENGEMN00120120529081907

For the last few years, road signs on the main entrances into Market Rasen have declared: “We pride ourselves with free parking.”

But now Lincolnshire County Council says it plans to remove the signs, claiming they don’t meet certain standards.

Steve Wiles, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m afraid the sign doesn’t meet the national requirements that we’re bound to, so we have a legal obligation to remove it. We’ll happily work with the town council to ensure future signage is appropriate and meets the necessary standards.”

The county council says a contractor will remove them in “the near future” as part of their ‘round’ of duties. This followed a public complaint, which it must act upon, or it is at legal risk should the signs be involved in an accident.

However, Market Rasen Town councillor Ken Bridger said “it’s a bit childish” of the county council wanting to remove the signs when there are other potential dangers on roadsides, like trees and lamp posts.

Coun Bridger said he would investigate the issue with the county council, adding the town council sought consent to erect them a few years ago.

Town Clerk Faye Lambkin-Smith said the council met with county highways chiefs several years ago and did not hear back. The signs promoting free parking were erected on posts the council already had planning permission for.

“It would be a shame (if they came down) as they aren’t causing any harm,” she said.