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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian pub landlady told to take in her barrels

A landlady who rolled out the barrels as part of a road safety initiative has been ordered to stop.

Whitehaven pub barrels photo
Helen Brown and Richard Cleaver

Helen Brown put barrels outside her pub in Hensingham to stop cars parking outside as drivers nipped to shops over the road.

She said the cars blocked pedestrians using the pavement and there had been several near misses as customers left the pub.

Mrs Brown painted two beer barrels with flowers and put them on the pavement in an attempt to keep the cars away.

But she has now been told by the county council that she has to remove them as they are obstructing the footpath. “It’s horrendous,” the 50-year-old told the News & Star.

“We often get three cars parked outside which cause an obstruction.

“People are always complaining that they can’t get by with pushchairs and one afternoon when somebody left the pub and was just about to step outside, a car came onto the pavement and nearly knocked them over.”

She said that the majority of drivers were pulling up to either run across the road to the chip shop or visit the nearby bookmakers.

When she received a call from the council, she said she was shocked that the barrels were deemed a problem.

“I’m livid that the council’s told me to remove them,” she added. “I understand they are on a public highway and you’re supposed to get permission, but the drivers of the cars don’t have permission to park there – two pretty barrels are not as obstructing as three cars.”

She previously had a chalk board on the pavement which stopped cars parking there and this was never challenged by authorities. However, in February the board was destroyed during high winds.

A county council spokesman said a member of the public complained about a barrel, saying it was causing an obstruction on the footpath.

“We have an obligation to keep footways safe for pedestrians and we therefore asked for it to be removed,” he added. “The police can take action if vehicles are illegally or inconsiderately parked so that the pavement is obstructed and pedestrians cannot get past without walking in the road.”

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