Business owners are being encouraged not to risk wasting money on new steel security shutters for their premises if they have not sought the necessary planning permission after a series of complaints to Boston Borough Council over the appearance of new shutters overnight.
Recently Boston Borough Council has had to call a halt to work at two shops where roller shutters were being installed without permission, and on one shop the shutters have since been removed.
Cllr Derek Richmond, Boston Borough Council's 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 shop keepers might be worried about how they 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 who have concerns about security and are considering security measures should contact the council for advice before they commit themselves to having anything installed (call the Development Control Planning Information Officer Tel: 01205 314305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Edwards, the council's Development Control Manager, said: " We are working with shopkeepers to help find solutions with them, but we do have an obligation to consider more formal action if businesses do not seek our advice or carry on regardless without seeking any necessary permissions".