A shop owner has accused Wellingborough Council of ‘petty bureaucracy’ after being told he must change his store’s number.
The 02 Store, in Market Place, has been using number 2a for its property number, but the council insists he should be using number three as it is a legal requirement.
O2 franchisee Mark Jones said changing the numberwould cost him thousands of pounds, adding: “It really just is petty bureaucracy isn’t it? I have been using this number since I moved here and Brighthouse have been using number three.
“It is not affecting anybody, so I don’t see why it needs to be changed.
“It will cost me thousands of pounds to change my website, merchandising and everything like that.”
Wellingborough Council said that neighbouring business Brighthouse had mistakenly been using number three, meaning that when O2 moved in it chose to use 2a instead.
“Brighthouse has also been ordered to change its number to four.
The council says O2 is aware that the official number of its unit is three, as it applied for planning permission for the shop sign under this number in 2011.
A council spokesman added: “As Mr Jones is aware, the official number for the unit occupied by the O2 shop is number three.
“It is against the law for a shop not to use its correct number which is why we asked Mr Jones to stop using 2a.
“Mr Jones has long acknowledged that the official number of his shop is three, and this situation has arisen because we were unable to agree to his request that the shop be renumbered as 2a.
“Renumbering would necessitate a considerable amount of changes beyond the shop itself, including with Ordnance Survey maps, the Post Office, emergency services and utility services, which is why we turned down the request.
“Mr Jones is legally required to use the shop’s correct number.”
Mr Jones has vowed to fight on and said he is willing to battle for the number in court.