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Traders see red over orange sign in Rawtenstall
A BRIGHT orange sign above a new discount shop in Rawtenstall should be taken down, say business leaders.
The sign, bearing the name of the 89p Store in Rawtenstall’s Bank Street, appeared overnight on Saturday.
Former Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce president Clive Balchin called the sign ‘an abomination’.
An enforcement team from Rossendale Council will meet with the shop’s owners later this week to discuss the issue.
The shop occupies the former home of Ethel Austin, POSH and Woolworths.
In May this year the council adopted a new set of shopfront design guidelines, which encourage good practice from Valley businesses.
Kathy Fishwick, from Rossendale Civic Trust, believes the sign is out of place.
She said: “It is in the conservation area and we flagged it up to the planners almost a month ago when it was Bargain World in putrid pink.
“That sign was being taken down on Friday night as we were going to our committee meeting and we thought it had been censored, but quite a few of us saw the replacement. If the council has had words with them they have taken no notice.”
In reference to signs, the shopfront guidelines state they should: “Avoid graphics and typeface designs which are too large within the frame of the fascia, or make use of excessive colour and texture contrasts.”
Rossendale Council is currently is the process of recruiting a new conservation officer, who will be put in place to advise shopowners on issue like this.
County Councillor Tony Winder,. who represents Rossendale North, said he hoped the problem could be resolved amicably.
“Residents of the town have been complaining and rightly so. It’s quite clear that it should be addressed.
“We have got to control the look of the town centre and anything that is a blight upon it.”