Pub-goers are fighting against a “petty-minded” council who threatened legal action to ensure the removal of a superhero.
‘The Buzzard’, as it is affectionately known in the town, has kept a kindly and watchful eye from his perch above The Office in Leighton for the past ten months.
But, according to Central Beds Council, the superhero “negatively affects the character of the building” and the authority says it has received complaints from the public.
Manager of the Lake Street pub, Graham Kelmen has been forced to take down his beloved superhero or face prosecution, which could have resulted in a hefty fine.
The 48-year-old said: “No-one has ever complained to my knowledge, he was causing no harm and provided another source of interest in Leighton not unlike the town’s children’s trail.”
David Smith, a regular at The Office, has decided to launch a Save Our Superhero campaign to keep The Buzzard in his pride of place, which has already gathered over 60 signatures.
David said: “It’s a petition against petty-mindedness, if you like, by the council.
“Hopefully we’ll get our local council to start working on things that are more important to our local residents, rather than spoiling a bit of fun.”
Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for Sustainable Communities, said: “This isn’t a case of us wanting to spoil people’s fun – it’s simply that we have a duty to protect listed buildings, which I’m sure people understand.”
For more on this story see today’s issue of the Leighton Buzzard Observer.
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