Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Glass firm accused of ‘blind rudeness’ over plan for new signs

A BUSINESS has been accused of “blind rudeness” over plans for new signs.

A BUSINESS has been accused of “blind rudeness” over plans for new signs.

Henley Glass has applied for planning permission for the signs in Greys Road car park at the rear of the firm’s premises.

Last year the company was refused an application for red signs with yellow text and then lost an appeal. It had already put the signs in place so then had to remove them.

Now it wants three signs with black text on a white background but Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended the application is refused.

Councillor Sam Evans said she was “apoplectic” when she saw the latest plans.

She said: “I had to take a very deep breath and walk round the garden.

“I can’t believe they’re out to be real. They lost an appeal last time, then they resubmit in a different form — it’s blind rudeness.

“The irony is the ones they have been told to remove are better than the ones suggested. I do not know what we can do to get rid of those signs. They are getting free advertising and now bringing another application.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful. We should send them a fee for all the free advertising they’re getting.”

Mayor Lorraine Hillier said: “We’re all for businesses and advertising in the town but there is a way of doing it sensitively. Come and have a chat with the planning  committee.”

Cllr Evans said the council had tried to talk to Henley Glass about the issue previously but claimed “they could not care less”.

She added: “I agree that anyone who runs a business needs publicity but it needs to be lawful publicity and not try to bend the rules and take advantage when so many other businesses might want to advertise around Greys Road car park.”

David Whitehead, secretary of the Henley Society, a conservation group, said the car park was in the conservation area and the signs would be too prominent even after the proposed change of  colour.

“Also, in our opinion, listed building consent would be required for any sign erected on the wall linked to 20 Greys Road, which is a listed building,” he added.

Henley Glass did not respond to several requests for comment.

A decision on the application by South Oxfordshire District Council is expected by August 31.

Meanwhile, Henley Glass has submitted a separate application for a single-storey extension at its premises in Greys Road to provide more office space.

The plans would see the overall floor space increase by 37sq m. A previous application to expand was rejected in March last year.

The latest application says the layout has been changed so that it is less bulky and the use of a glazed roof would “greatly improve” the appearance.

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