Council chiefs have come under fire after they allegedly fixed a tall CCTV camera pole on an Isle beauty spot which is protected from development by The Queen.
Workmen caused fury when they placed the 20ft high pole on Kings Head Croft, a public green owned by Epworth Town Council and allegedly protected by the sovereign.
North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfern has herself branded the move “daft” and has ordered that the pole is re-sited to a more suitable place.
Town council chair Don Stewart, 73, said: “The town council bought the land about 30 years ago and it was protected around the time of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“It has seating, a play area and offers great views of the town centre and St Andrew’s Church, but this pole here is very unsightly.
“I’ve been told that it was an oversight by a council officer and it will be re-sited further along where the car park is.”
He added the croft has been protected from development since 2012 as part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, a scheme to save green areas from the bulldozer.
Said coun Stewart: “It was protected for a reason. The council did not consult with us beforehand either, which wasn’t on at all.
“Wether or not the council was legally obliged to contact us I’m not sure, but it would have been common courtesy to do so.
“People in the town said they wanted CCTV cameras and that is absolutely fine.
“It’s just where it was sited and the fact we were not consulted is the problem for us.”
The pole is the base for CCTV cameras which are being fitted after a number of businesses were targeted by thieves and vandals.
The Epworth Bells supported traders’ calls for CCTV through the paper’s Protect Our Town campaign.
North Lincolnshire Council would not say how much it cost to re-position the pole but project leaders have previously confirmed the whole scheme will cost about £13,000 to complete.
Councillor Redfern said: “I have worked personally with the Town Council on this issue, and I am pleased to report that a suitable place has now been found in the car park for the CCTV pole.
“However I find it completely unbelievable that the council officers should site the post in such a daft place.
“I will personally be taking up this issue with senior people at the council.”
A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council said: “We are working closely with Epworth Town Council to discuss the different options available for the CCTV camera pole.”