The owner of Pocklington’s Bakery in Louth Market Place has been forced to change its exterior paint colour by East Lindsey District Council.
Chris Pocklington said he was “disappointed” after ELDC took issue with the shop’s new lime green exterior, which was only painted in the summer. Mr Pocklington was told that he had to change it to a more “acceptable” colour or risk prosecution, as it is a listed building in a conservation area of the town.
A number of darker, more Victorian colours were suggested, and Mr Pocklington chose Brunswick Green.
Mr Pocklington said: “We had no choice.
“I’m disappointed with the decision. It’s 2013, not 1920.
“We had over 600 comments about the colour of our shop front, and only three of those were negative.”
A council spokesperson said: “With a conservation area comes restrictions upon some buildings, particularly those that are listed, such as Pocklington’s Bakery.
“It is important that shops have a degree of unity, and use colours that are right for their age and character.”