Bar boss says he needs banner to boost business

Paul Notton, owner of Rudi’s Bar, with the banner advertising Mother’s Day. Picture: DAVE COX

Paul Notton, owner of Rudi’s Bar, with the banner advertising Mother’s Day. Picture: DAVE COX Buy this photo

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A BAR owner is angry after he was told to remove a banner he put up in a bid to boost buinsess.

Paul Notton, owner of Rudi’s on Regent Circus, decided to hang a banner advertising Mother’s Day on the railings by the road to try to improve his dwindling custom while roadworks there rumble on as part of the major development nearby.

But on Tuesday a Swindon Borough Council officer came into the bar threatening to tear the banner down if it was not removed. After discussions the council allowed the banner to stay until the end of the month.

Paul said while he welcomes the new development, provisions should be made for businesses suffering during the construction.

“We pay a pavement licence of £2,000 a year, and should be given some allowances,” he said. “We had a person from the council come in and confront my staff because we had the Mother’s Day banner on their railings.

“Surely some consideration could be shown to us as traders. I know it is going to be great when it is finished but we still have our overheads to pay in the meantime. A bit of tolerance would not go amiss.

“The officer said the banners are not allowed to be put up there, but we have to do everything we can to encourage trade.

“The banner will only be up for a short time, and Mother’s Day only comes once a year so we try to maximise it. We could not have put it anywhere else without making an impression.

“The officer phoned me back later in the day, and we had a few words with each other about the incident.

“He said he would let us have it up there until Mother’s Day, but we would not be able to put anything else up after that. We got that far after having some heated words. He went on to say they had other traders complaining because they could not put their own banners up there.

“It is bad enough for people who are having to try to cross that road, because they have to get through four lanes of traffic to get to our place.

“We have been told we will be getting a pelican crossing put there as of next week, so that should solve at least some of the problems.”

A council spokesman said: “No business or individual can simply attach advertising banners or other messages to property it doesn’t own.

“This is particularly true of highway furniture such as railings and barriers, because the law recognises that it is potentially dangerous.

“If any business wants to put banners up on highway railings, it needs to apply for advertising consent and planning permission, which in general is unlikely to be granted.

“We have tried to compromise with the owner of Rudi’s and have told him that we will allow the banners to remain until the end of the month, but after that they will be removed by us if they aren’t taken away.”

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6:31am Thu 20 Mar 14

EastleazeRed says...

It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .
It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there . EastleazeRed
  • Score: -22

7:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

Great food last time I was there
Great food last time I was there Localboy86
  • Score: 5

7:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

semitonic says...

EastleazeRed, when was the last time you had a meal in there?

It's a great little place with very strong local support. I'm not in favor of putting up banners wherever you please but the road works have made it very difficult/dangerous for pedestrians to get to the place from the opposite side of the surrounding roads. Hopefully this will help their trade, though normally it's rammed on Mothers day weekend anyway.

The hoardings around the new Morrisons site are plastered with banners, dwarfing Paul's by a country mile - it's only that a SBC council jobsworth happened to spot an opportunity to persecute another hardworking taxpayer in this case.

Fix some potholes you overpaid idiots.
EastleazeRed, when was the last time you had a meal in there? It's a great little place with very strong local support. I'm not in favor of putting up banners wherever you please but the road works have made it very difficult/dangerous for pedestrians to get to the place from the opposite side of the surrounding roads. Hopefully this will help their trade, though normally it's rammed on Mothers day weekend anyway. The hoardings around the new Morrisons site are plastered with banners, dwarfing Paul's by a country mile - it's only that a SBC council jobsworth happened to spot an opportunity to persecute another hardworking taxpayer in this case. Fix some potholes you overpaid idiots. semitonic
  • Score: 2

9:31am Thu 20 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

That entire area is a complete mess at the moment due to the old College redevelopment work, so what does it matter?

Sounds very much like some jobsworth at the council finding something quick and easy on their doorstep with which to try and justify their job.

The council are the worst offenders when it comes to 'decorating' the town with their dated and poorly designed banners in any case.
That entire area is a complete mess at the moment due to the old College redevelopment work, so what does it matter? Sounds very much like some jobsworth at the council finding something quick and easy on their doorstep with which to try and justify their job. The council are the worst offenders when it comes to 'decorating' the town with their dated and poorly designed banners in any case. ChannelX
  • Score: 12

10:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

Amberflame says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .
Weird comment
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .[/p][/quote]Weird comment Amberflame
  • Score: -1

11:52am Thu 20 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Amberflame wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .
Weird comment
It was a bit strange.

I've eaten at Rudis a number of times over the years and the food's always been good, certainly well above average for Swindon. They're also one of the few places in town that actually puts together an interesting and different menu.
[quote][p][bold]Amberflame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .[/p][/quote]Weird comment[/p][/quote]It was a bit strange. I've eaten at Rudis a number of times over the years and the food's always been good, certainly well above average for Swindon. They're also one of the few places in town that actually puts together an interesting and different menu. ChannelX
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots!
Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots! mrwoo
  • Score: -8

2:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

umpcah says...

mrwoo wrote:
Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots!
Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ?
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots![/p][/quote]Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ? umpcah
  • Score: -1

4:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

umpcah wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots!
Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ?
ok when can we start big boy?
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots![/p][/quote]Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ?[/p][/quote]ok when can we start big boy? mrwoo
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

SlantedView says...

mrwoo wrote:
umpcah wrote:
mrwoo wrote: Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots!
Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ?
ok when can we start big boy?
Mince!... Faggots!... Big Boy! ... sounds like somebody is fighting their 'inner demons'!
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Nice pink banner, think I might pop in and eat some mince or maybe try the faggots before skipping round the corner to the Pink rooms. mmmm faggots![/p][/quote]Why not have a few lessons on how to be funny ?[/p][/quote]ok when can we start big boy?[/p][/quote]Mince!... Faggots!... Big Boy! ... sounds like somebody is fighting their 'inner demons'! SlantedView
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

semitonic says...

Definitely in denial.. or acceptance.. who knows??

mrwoo, your homosexuality aside, have you anything constructive to add to the story about the very fine Rudis Bar and Restaurant?
Definitely in denial.. or acceptance.. who knows?? mrwoo, your homosexuality aside, have you anything constructive to add to the story about the very fine Rudis Bar and Restaurant? semitonic
  • Score: 2

9:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

probably not, but thanks for asking :) x
probably not, but thanks for asking :) x mrwoo
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Thu 20 Mar 14

twasadawf says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .
Best stay out in Eastsleaze where you feel at home had many a great night in Rudi's long may it last
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: It's a crap pub bar anyway , I wouldn't even take my mother - in - law there .[/p][/quote]Best stay out in Eastsleaze where you feel at home had many a great night in Rudi's long may it last twasadawf
  • Score: 0

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