AN AWARD-WINNING pub landlord has been ordered by the council to remove a pirate flag from his children’s play area because it ‘breaches legislation’.
Vito Logozzi, of the Goodmanham Arms, said he thought it was a joke when a council enforcement officer turned up on his doorstep on Tuesday and told him to remove the flag because it broke planning laws.
The flag has been flying from a wooden boat in the children’s play area of the pub for over a year, but Vito was told that the council had received a complaint about it and he says the enforcement officer threatened him with court action if he did not take it down.
“I could not believe it! I was appalled and disgusted,” Vito told the Pocklington Post.
“I thought ‘are you having a laugh, are you for real?’
“I said to the man; ‘is this your job? Is this what you do? Go around to little village pubs and demand that flags put up for the enjoyment of children are taken down?’”
Vito has been landlord of the Goodmanham Arms for 18 months and has seen considerable success; earning a top tourism accolade and being named the Campaign for Real Ale‘s regional Village Pub of the Year.
He says he will not back down and will continue to fly the flag.
“We are just working hard and trying to do our best here,” he said.
“I will not take the flag down, I will go to the court if I have to.
“I think they should be ashamed of themselves for this. What kind of world do we live in where you can’t fly a pirate flag for children in a little village pub? It’s madness!”
An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesman said that the flag breaches national legislation.
He confirmed that the authority had asked Mr Logozzi to remove it - but denied that he was threatened with court action.
The spokesman said: “The council received a complaint about a pirate flag being flown at the Goodmanham Arms public house and, as with any complaints, an officer from the council’s planning enforcement team visited the premises to investigate.
“Under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007, only national flags, the flags of the commonwealth, the European Union, the United Nations, the flag of any English County and the flag of any saint are able to be flown without planning permission.”
The spokesman refused to speculate on what punishment Mr Logozzi will face if he continues with his pledge to keep his pirate flag flying.