Boston shopkeeper ordered to take down security shutters

Best Deal Fones, West Street, Boston.
Best Deal Fones, West Street, Boston.

A shopkeeper has been ordered to take down his security shutters for failing to seek the relevant permission from Boston Borough Council.

The owner of Best Deal Fones installed roller shutters at the premises in West Street as a security measure against break-ins.

His appeal, to gain more time to take them down than the standard 28 days given by the council, was also refused.

Last year the council encouraged business owners not to risk wasting money on new steel security shutters if they had not sought necessary planning permission.

Paul Edwards, the council’s development control manager, said: “We have an obligation to consider more formal action if businesses do not seek our advice or carry on regardless without seeking any necessary permissions.”

He added: “There are a number of other sites where action is being taken or being considered.”

Coun Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for the town centre, said: “We don’t want business owners to have to face the frustration and expense of finding themselves in this position. The council does understand that shopkeepers might be worried about how to secure their stock so officers are on hand to advise on the numerous types of measures that could be available – some without needing planning permission.

“We don’t want the town centre to begin to look as if it is closed for business – it needs to remain attractive, encouraging and safe at all times of the day and night.”

Property owners with concerns about security can call the council on 01205 314305.