More than 100 ‘love locks’ have been removed from a Boston bridge - and Lincolnshire County Council says it will continue to cut the romantic gestures down.
Lincolnshire County Council removed the locks from St Botolph’s Bridge last Tuesday over fears they could cause rusting issues with the structure.
And the authority said any new additions will also be taken down.
Coun Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways and transportation, said: “We’ll be returning to the bridge as and when necessary to remove any padlocks, to prevent any damage being caused to the bridge.
“We have given people a year’s grace but it is now time to remove their locks, and any removed yesterday will be available for collection.
“It’s unfortunate that our contractors will have to spend time removing locks when they could be attending to other highway matters.”
Shortly after the ‘lock-out’, there were reports people were still placing the locks – which people attached before throwing away the key to express their love - on the bridge. However, it appears some may have been missed.
A spokesman for the council said ‘it was possible that the contractors missed one or two and would have to return in future to remove them.’
In response to some suggestions online that the locks were similar to graffiti and/or vandalism, the spokesman said the authority would not be investigating matters or making any prosecutions at this stage, but would be keeping an eye on the situation.
The council said that if anyone wants their padlock they can contact Boston Borough Council’s reception at Municipal Buildings, on West Street, where they would be held for collection from last Wednesday for a period of 21 days.