‘Ugly’ white line puzzled after it suddenly appears outside cafe – why do you think it’s there?

AN UGLY white line has appeared outside bars and restaurants at a popular marina, leaving people stunned.

The “unsightly” white line appeared overnight at Barton Marina in Staffordshire, with one cafe owner likening it to a “Wimbledon tennis court”.

The thick white line appeared in front of shops in Barton Marina


The thick white line appeared in front of shops in Barton MarinaPhoto credit: MEN Media

The white boundary line has been painted on the ground and runs alongside the restaurants, cafes and shops of Burton-on-Trent’s popular shopping area.

Gareth Howes, owner of Indulgence Cafe, told Staffordshire Live that confused customers asked him what it was for but he couldn’t tell them.

He said: “It seems to have been set as a boundary to prevent one spilling over and companies putting up their billboards on the pavement.

“I’m sure all marina customers will agree that this new boundary painting is both unsightly and unnecessary.”

The angered business owner continued: “To see a white painted line like a Wimbledon tennis court to separate the boundaries is very disappointing.”

Barry Morgan of Barton Turn Developments said: “The white lines on the Marina Promenade are intended to mark the area beyond which no shop furniture or signage may be placed to ensure a clear path for visitors as recommended for safety reasons.”

Located on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Barton Marina is described on its website as offering ‘canal boaters an ideal place to moor their boat whether short term, long term or residential’.

Its retail and leisure facilities are described as “an oasis of independent and family-run businesses offering everything from leather goods, quality clothing and accessories, local and ethical food and contemporary art”.


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