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Outcry over sign in conservation area

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

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A GLASTONBURY resident has seen red about a huge new road sign which has gone up in the town.

Clifford Gould believes the new sign, which went up on Chilkwell Street in the conservation area last week, is inappropriate and unnecessary, describing it as 'overkill'.

Mr Gould's home was one of those featured on the front page of a Mendip District Council leaflet about the importance of conservation areas and maintaining the existing character of older buildings.

He says the sign, which is surrounded by listed buildings and sites of archaeological significance, is "a monster sign" that has ruined the character of the area and flies in the face of all the information Mendip District Council put into the leaflet.

"There has been no consultation with local residents, many of whom, like myself, are very upset with this cavalier disregard for one of Glastonbury's most attractive areas," he said.

"It is particularly unfortunate that this should happen just when there is a movement in the country to try to remove unnecessary road signs, especially from conservation areas."

The signs - which have also attracted the ire of Glastonbury Conservation Society - are on 15-foot-poles, like those you would see on a motorway – despite the fact the road is not a designated route for through traffic.

The signs were put up by Somerset County Council, after a four-year campaign by Glastonbury Town Council.

They had been urging the county council to make changes to some of the signs in and around Glastonbury, many of which were outdated, had little information on, or were simply incorrect.

But despite Mr Gould's objections, the council have said that the size of the sign is entirely necessary for the amount of information on it.

Stephen Wetherill, a spokesman for the county council, said: "This is one of many signs we are installing as part of a Glastonbury sign review.

"All locations for the signs, of which there are more than 30, have been agreed with the Town Council.

"In this case, there was nowhere else suitable to locate it other than directly outside people's front windows and we did not think a smaller sign would be suitable for the amount of information required on it."

What do you think? Is the sign too big, and too ugly for a conservation area?

Or do you think it makes life easier for tourists, and motorists in general?

Your views please to ed itor@midsomnews.co.uk or write to Central Somerset Gazette, Southover, Wells BA5 1UH

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  • deeteeimages  |  June 07 2013, 12:43PM

    In my opinion the direction to the The Tor is not needed especially when vehicles up there are being discouraged. Park and ride to the Tor is signed elsewhere in the town, and on this sign it doesn't even indicate that it relates to the Tor (another useless sign!) Finding Chalice Well is not brain surgery, and is clearly on the A361, so no need for that sign either. The only important signage is for the towns and 'A' roads which account for only about 1/3 of the display area. Another overlarge and generally unnecessary road distraction which spoils that area of town.

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