AN UGLY white line has appeared outside bars and restaurants on a popular marina leaving people baffled.
The "unsightly" white line appeared overnight at Barton Marina, in Staffordshire, with one cafe owner likening it to a "Wimbledon Tennis Court".
The white boundary line has been painted on the floor and runs the length of the restaurants, cafes and shops at the popular shopping venue in Burton-on-Trent.
Gareth Howes, owner of Indulgence Cafe told Staffordshire Live that puzzled customers have been asking him what it is for,but he has been unable to tell them.
He said: "It appears to have been put down as a boundary to stop one going on to the other and businesses putting out their advertising boards onto the walkway.
"I am sure all customers to the marina will agree this new boundary painting is unsightly as well as unnecessary."
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The disgruntled business owner went on to say that "It is very disappointing to see a white painted line like a Wimbledon tennis court to separate the boundaries."
Barry Morgan, of Barton Turn Developments, said: "The white lines on the marina promenade are to denote the area beyond which shop furniture or signs cannot be placed so as to ensure a clear path for visitors as recommended for safety reasons."
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Barton Marina is situated on The Trent and Mersey Canal, it is described on its website as offering "canal boaters an ideal location to moor their boat, whether that's short term, long term or residential."
Its retail and leisure facilities are described as being "a haven of independent and family-run businesses, offering everything from leather goods, high-end clothing and accessories, local and ethical food produce and contemporary art."
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