Nelson cafe owner’s anger over A-board ban

Shopw owner, Lynn Moulton, has been warned against the use of an A-board outside her cafe 'Toast of the Town' on Manchester Road in Nelson. G181011/1
Shopw owner, Lynn Moulton, has been warned against the use of an A-board outside her cafe 'Toast of the Town' on Manchester Road in Nelson. G181011/1

AN angry Nelson cafe owner has claimed she is being singled out by Lancashire County Council after being ordered to take in an A-board from outside her shop - while other traders with similar boards have not.

Lynn Moulton, of Toast of the Town cafe in Manchester Road, says she has been fighting the county council for the past year over the regulations and said: “I do not see why I should be the only one to be made to take my board in.

“We have had 12 months of hell while the new road has been put through town and then we are told because the complaint about the board has been made by a borough councillor, the county council has to take action.

“I thought Pendle Council would want to help us, not harm us. Businesses in Nelson need to be encouraged and I do not want to complain about other businesses with A-boards in case it affects them,” said Lynn, who faces a fine of up to £2,000 if she flouts the ruling.

John Burgess, highways manager for Pendle, said: “One of our officers visited the cafe to follow up a complaint received from a member of the public via Pendle Council.

“As the highways authority, we have a duty to investigate complaints and the officer explained the problems, including obstruction of the footway and potential for accidents, that can result from the placing of an ‘A’ board.

“We asked for the board to the removed, which is the usual course of action we take when such complaints are received.”