A La Turka restaurant on Ramsgate seafront has removed decorative planters from the front of the premises after pressure from Kent County Council.
Owner Mehmet Dari was told to remove the flower displays by today (August 14) because the county council said they were causing an obstruction.
Mr Dari told The Isle of Thanet News last week: “The planters are not for us, they are for the area and our customers to make it look pretty. Flowers aren’t harming anyone. We have the same on Herne Bay and it looks stunning.
“We want Ramsgate to look nice and to help people enjoy themselves and bring money into the local economy, doesn’t the council want this?”
But the county council said paths and roads have to be kept clear.
A spokesman added: “KCC has rules about items, such as planters and A-boards, being displayed on public pavements and a 2 metre minimum of unobstructed footway is required for busy areas.”
Mr Dari and his team have now removed the planters. He said: “Sadly the flower have been removed. The before and after photos show how much the flowers improved the area. We are only trying to improve Ramsgate.”
The restaurant is due to open on September 3.
A petition has now been launched in a bid to get the planters reinstated. Find it here