Who allowed 'Tardis-like' machine on Cleethorpes' North Promenade?
DO you think it's right that this "Tardis-like" machine can be plonked on a seafront without planning permission and prior warning?
The eight foot by four foot cash machine and payphone appeared on Cleethorpes' North Promenade overnight, prompting the question "is this allowed?"
Well, the answer, apparently, is yes.
Although today, the company behind it, BT Payphones, has admitted "it's not ideal", explaining that it usually seeks permission anyway.
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Except in this case, the contractors "have jumped the gun".
Business development manager for BT Payphones, Andrew Munroe, said: "Although we believe we do not need planning permission, we always ask for it out of courtesy.
"In this case, it appears our installers have jumped the gun and installed ahead of schedule. We have an application in process but we do not have consent yet. This isn't ideal."
Concerns have also been raised about it becoming a target for vandalism and theft because the north prom is a magnet for boy-racers and night-clubbers.
Planning laws are plagued with grey areas and are the subject of numerous rows in Grimsby and Cleethorpes but the idea something this size can appear on the streets without notice has shocked residents.
Walker, Keith Ramsden, 61, of Waltham, who walks along the prom every day couldn't believe his eyes.
He said: "It just appeared out of nowhere like the Tardis from Doctor Who. It looks terrible!
"It is totally out of character with everything else and I can't understand how it has been allowed to be put there. It looks a mess. It would be a lot safer at the station. Here it seems vulnerable."
Fellow walker, James Anderson, 47, of Cleethorpes, added: "It looks like it has just come up from the ground, I can't believe they can do this.
"Someone is bound to vandalise it. You have to have planning permission for this, that and the other yet this is allowed? Let's just hope we get rid of it."
The machine was put there after Cashzone, which works with BT Payphones, identified Cleethorpes as needing more cash machines – but no-one has been able to use it yet because it is 'temporarily out of service'.
While BT Payphones believes permission is not required, the picture isn't quite so clear at North East Lincolnshire Council.
Jason Longhurst, head of development, said: "We have had no prior contact with the company regarding the siting of the cash machine, which we would normally expect. It may be subject to planning controls."
The firm said they only put the machines – of which there are 500 in the UK – where payphones have previously been sited, and there was one there at one point.
However, an application will be submitted officially and North East Lincolnshire Council will then decide if it can stay.