Thursday, 14 December 2017

Councillors object to bank signs

FIVE illuminated signs could be erected outside Lloyds bank in Henley.

FIVE illuminated signs could be erected outside Lloyds bank in Henley.

The bank wants two fascia signs and three projecting signs outside its Reading Road branch.

Henley Town Council has recommended the application is refused.

Councillor Dieter Hinker, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “My concern is that they have requested hanging signs with internal illuminations in the main conservation area of Henley and under the rules we don’t allow illuminated signs.” Councillor Lorraine Hillier said: “These are non-traditional materials and it should not be allowed because the majority are on Friday Street.

“The signs are illuminations for a business which isn’t open in the evenings so I strongly object to it.”

Elsewhere, an application to install a totem sign has been withdrawn.

HiQ Tyres had submitted an application to put the black 3m sign with white and cyan writing at the junction of Reading Road and the Fairview Estate. A highways officer from Oxfordshire County Council recommended the application should be refused, saying the sign would obstruct drivers’ vision at the junction.

Residents of Reading Road wrote letters of objection and Henley Town Council had also recommended the application was refused.

HiQ franchisee Phil Godfrey said he had been so disheartened by the negative reaction that he had been “put off” the idea of a sign.

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