THE owner of The Exchange Bar has launched a bitter campaign to have a No Entry sign removed from the front of his pub.
Landlord Jim Parris has revealed that he has reached his limit with the red and white signpost standing directly outside his Silver Street hostelry, and says the local authority can “stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.”
Spurred on by a previous war with SBC over rates – which ended up with Mr Parris being taken to court – he has told the Hawick News that he is prepared to fight them all the way.
“I’ve been complaining about this sign for years and no-one ever phoned me back”, he stated.
“It didn’t bother me too much, until having an issue about the rates with the council and absolutely no come and go with them. I’ve been getting more angry about the way I’ve been treated, and I don’t see why their sign should be on my land.”
As a result, the issue was raised on behalf of Mr Parris at a meeting of Hawick Community Council on Monday night, where it was decided to investigate the matter further.
Community Councillor Rob Brydon stated: “It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. The pub door is open, and there’s a no entry sign. It’s ridiculous.”
He added: “There’s motorists come round by Beanscene, don’t even see it, and drive straight down.
“The man opens his pub doors and sees a big sign saying no entry, you couldn’t make it up.”
But a spokesman for Scottish Borders Council says the sign has to be there. They stated: “There is no other practical place where the sign could be positioned.
“A sign is needed and it should be on that side but the footway is too narrow round the corner into Silver Street and would still be near the door.”
But an angry Mr Parris says it’s about time that only his name is above the pub door. “I try my best as a local business owner but their attitude has made me think ‘stuff them’.
“I’m going to keep pushing until someone listens. As far I am concerned, they can take their sign and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.”