A communal coat rack for homeless people to take a free winter coat received a notice of removal from Eastbourne council.
The rack was laid out in Grove Road near the town hall by The Grove Experience hair salon with the support from other business in the street.
Gary Young, The Grove Experience owner, said, “We ran it last year very successfully with no problems. The council have slapped a sticker on it this time.
“I have no idea what their objection to it is. Maybe I need a license? Or they just do not like the look of it?”
Steve Hansen, owner at Little Chelsea Antiques emporium, said, “It is a shame about the sticker because we have taken it upon ourselves to help the homeless.”
A council spokesperson said, “This was an oversight and the notice was removed as soon as the error came to light. We are sorry for any confusion.”