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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Parking row landlady told to hand back barrels

A landlady who rolled out the barrels to stop irresponsible drivers parking outside of her pub is stumped after the brewery they belonged to demanded them back.

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Helen Brown

Helen Brown, of The Globe Inn in Hensingham, defied council officers who told her that the two barrels which she had painted with flowers had to be removed from the pavement as they were causing an obstruction.

However, she kept them outside and moved them onto her property so that the council was unable to move them.

But, last week, Ms Brown had no option but to hand the offending barrels over when the brewery which owned them asked for them back.

She is now appealing to other breweries, asking of they can donate any more.

“We have had those barrels for six years and nobody has ever wanted them back,” said Helen. “They were in the back of the pub and were rotten. Since they went people have been coming in and asking where they are. So many people loved what I had done to them – I could of made a business out of them. I’m just gutted.

“If any breweries have any damaged barrels, I’m asking if they can donate them.”

Helen and her partner Richard Cleaver put the barrels out to stop cars parking outside their pub while drivers nipped to the shops over the road. To tackle the problem, she painted two beer barrels with flowers and put them on the pavement to keep the cars away.

But shortly after, the couple received a letter from the council threatening them with a fine unless they removed the barrels as they were causing an obstruction. Since the barrels went, she has been putting an A-board out on the pavement to deter cars parking.

A county council spokesman said that if licensees have concerns about illegal parking, they should contact police. He added that the authority has a legal obligation to keep Cumbria’s pavements and roads free of obstruction.

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