Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Oxfam criticised for acrylic sign

A CHARITY shop in Henley has been criticised by councillors for installing multi-coloured signs.

The Oxfam shop in Market Place submitted a retrospective application for MDF and acrylic signs on the front of the building.

But Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended the application is refused.

The shop front has a hanging sign made of MDF, which features white writing on a green background. There is also an acrylic sign attached to the face of the building and multi-coloured acrylic lettering fixed to a beam.

Councillor David Clenshaw said he objected to the sign being attached to the beam.

He said: “It is an important building in the centre of town. It looks awful at the moment, the way they have done it, and it detracts from the building.” Councillors Elizabeth Hodgkin and Sam Evans said the signage contradicted the council’s traditional shop front guide, which includes a policy of no acrylic signs.

An Oxfam spokesman said it was aware of the committee’s view, adding: “We are now considering our options and will take appropriate steps.”

South Oxfordshire District Council will make the final decision.

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