Thursday, 24 August 2017

Paperchase accused of sign lighting breach

A STATIONERY shop in Henley has been accused of installing an illuminated sign without planning permission.

A STATIONERY shop in Henley has been accused of installing an illuminated sign without planning permission.

Paperchase opened in Bell Street in December 2012 and was criticised by town councillors for its sky blue frontage which they claimed spoiled the town’s ambience.

The company agreed not to install an illuminated sign but at a planning committee last week, it was revealed that it had reneged on this pledge.

Councillor Simon Smith, who works at the Sainsbury’s Local store next door, said: “They have an illuminated sign. I only noticed it on Wednesday — I was outside my work and it suddenly flickered on at 6.30am.

“They have been there for three years and that was the first time that I noticed it illuminated. When I was last on the council that was a big ‘no’ and we always used to refuse illuminated signage.”

Councillor Sam Evans replied: “You wonder if they have snuck it in.”

She suggested that a visit be made to the shop with the original planning permission, adding: “That might be quicker than enforcement.”

A Paperchase spokeswoman said: “We are currently using the same sign that we have used since the store opened a few years ago, which we have planning permission to use.”



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