Following a public consultation, Devon County Council has agreed to reduce the number of road signs in Tavistock. The county council is expected to remove more than 50 road signs in the area.
The decision was made after a proposal to remove ‘repetitive’ road signs was endorsed by members of the public in Tavistock.
Councillor Debo Sellis, said: “We want to make the most of the town’s World Heritage Site status and this will start with the removal of signs to de-clutter the town centre.”
Ms Sellis noted that many signs in Tavistock were redundant. Citing one example, the councillor described how five signs spaced 180 metres apart indicated the presence of a roundabout.
According to Devon County Council, the response from the public consultation was definitive: 94 per cent of respondents were in favour of plans to remove unnecessary road signs from the streets of Tavistock.
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we believe that less can be more. Excessive use of signage can be counter-productive, as motorists, pedestrians and shoppers tend to ignore repetitive signs. We make signs that stand out. Signs that convey a clear, concise message in a way that is easy to understand and notice at the first attempt”.
According to the Liberal Democrat Group, Labour councillors in Sheffield have agreed to spend almost half a million pounds on changing bus lane signs in the city. Details of a Freedom of Information request reveal that Sheffield City Council wants to increase bus lane restrictions by a total of one hour a day.
Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, who heads the Liberal Democrat Group in Sheffield, commented: “This latest news is yet more proof that Labour can’t be trusted with our money.
“It is absurd to spend nearly half a million pounds on changing bus lane signs whilst threatening to close community facilities like libraries and leisure centres.”
Councillor Mohammed added: “At a time when money is tight, the last thing Sheffield needs is Labour councillors in the Town Hall wasting our money on these kinds of ludicrous projects.”
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we prefer not to comment on political issues, but spending almost £500,000 on bus lane signs does seem excessive in the circumstances. We produce all kinds of signs for commercial and non-commercial customers, providing high-quality products that are designed to last in all conditions. We also aim to keep costs as low as possible for customers
Haringey Council has written to a number of businesses in the borough to remind them of their legal obligations under the Health Act 2006. The council is concerned that some companies in the area are failing in their duty to install anti-smoking signs on their premises.
Under the 2006 Act, every company in England and Wales is required to install a smoke-free sign at the entrance to its property. One of the main reasons for this is that workers are encouraged to defend their rights in the workplace.
Councillor Nilgun Canver said: “These signs are there to protect employees who want to work in a smoke-free environment. If signs are not displayed, employees can feel obliged to accept people smoking to avoid being accused of making a fuss.”
The cabinet member added: “The legislation is quite clear: working in a smoke-free environment is a legal right, not a privilege, whatever the size of the business.”
Businesses risk incurring a 200 Fixed Penalty Notice for failing to display the sign.
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we produce all kinds of signage for use in the workplace, including anti-smoking signs that comply with government regulations.
The owner of a plumbing parts store in Stafford has spoken of his dismay, after the local council informed him that two signs installed on the exterior of his shop would have to be removed, unless planning permission is granted. Both signs have been in place for more than twenty years.
Andy Wheeler, who established Plumbits in 1984, claims Stafford Borough Council informed him that the advertising signs on his store are too large. Without being granted planning permission, the council argued, Mr Wheeler would have no choice but to remove the signs.
Mr Wheeler said: “There are shops closing down in Stafford at a rate of around two a week and they’re wasting their time doing this. It’s uncalled for.”
The shop owner added that he is concerned about the cost of applying for planning permission and potentially having to remove the signs, at a time when firms throughout Stafford are struggling. When contacted by the Express and Star, Stafford Borough Council refused to comment.
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we sympathise with Mr Wheeler, not least because shop signage is integral to the success of any high-street business. Our firm produces all kinds of signs for private and commercial use, including large and small shop signs.
A councilor in London Colney has expressed his concern after road signs in the area were covered with black bin bags.
Councillor Jacob Quagliozzi was notified of the incident by residents. On checking the signs himself, the councilor reported the problem to Hertfordshire County Council. After being informed that the bin bags had been removed from the signs, Councillor Quagliozzi inspected the area for a second time and found that bin liners were still covering up important road signs.
The councilor said: “The signs are there to be abided by it makes a mockery of having road signs if people just cover up ones that are inconvenient to them.”
The concealed signage warned drivers of lorries and other heavy goods vehicles from entering the village for any other purpose than loading.
St Albans Councillor, Chris White, added that a no entry sign required replacement. He said: “It is performing no useful function at all unless you know it is a ‘no entry’ sign.”
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council insisted the sign was “perfectly visible and serviceable.”
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we recognise the importance of positioning and maintaining signage. A sign that is covered or left in a state of disrepair is as good as no sign at all.
A farmer in Lathom, Lancashire, has spoken out after planning officials rejected an appeal to install advertising signs on a stretch of Green Belt land.
Roger Webster erected three signs on private land near Hall Lane in Lathom. Each sign was affixed to a five-metre-high poll and advertised his retail business, Taylors Farm Shop. Mr Webster received a letter from the council informing him that the signs had to be removed because planning permission had not been granted. The farmer and shop owner subsequently applied for planning permission, but his application was rejected.
Planning officials cited the “excessive number, height and design” of the signs, which were deemed to have a “negative impact upon the visual appearance of this part of the Green Belt.”
Arguing that every business ought to have the right to advertise its services on private land, Mr Webster appealed the decision, but the council refused to change its position.
Mr Webster said: “I just think it’s a bit of a joke. There have been complaints about the garage too, but the council have decided their signs are OK.”
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we sympathise with Mr Webster. Advertising is necessary for all businesses and roadside signage provides an effective means of communicating with potential customers.
NovaDura has developed a new system of signwriting that aims to reduce the impact of vandalism.
The system incorporates a number of materials and methods to produce signage that is more resistant to graffiti. Though signs can still be vandalised in various ways, the new system should ensure that most types of graffiti can be safely removed from signage, without causing additional damage.
NovaDura developed the technology using pre-treated aluminium sheets and direct-to-substrate printing. Special inks ensure a professional finish, while a durable coating is applied to the sign to protect it from ultraviolet interference. When finished, the signs should be resistant to most kinds of graffiti.
Vandalism has plagued signage firms, local businesses and communities for decades. On Friday, street signs, bus stops and other such notices were targeted by vandals in Exmouth.
Speaking to local reporters, PCSO, Ben Tithecott, said: “We have received reports of extensive graffiti, predominantly along Salterton Road, Exmouth and Dinan Way. Some of it has been of an offensive nature.”
The PCSO added that police are working with East Devon District Council to resolve the problem.
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we welcome the new system developed by NovaDura. Anti-graffiti signage should be considered by all those who want to minimise their exposure to vandalism.
The manager of a paper mill in Hertfordshire briefly overcame her fear of spiders, to take part in a sponsored stunt that aimed to raise cash for Tourist signs.
Sue Woolnough, who is employed by Frogmore Paper Mill as education manager, raised over £800 by letting a large tarantula walk across the palms of her hands.
Ms Woolnough said: “I was amazed I managed to do it. I just had to keep thinking small furry animal and I knew I had to go ahead, as so many people had sponsored me to do it. I would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored me in my efforts to conquer my phobia.”
Of course, the main aim of the stunt was not to cure Ms Woolnough’s arachnophobia but raise money for brown tourist signs that direct motorists to the paper mill in Apsley.
Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we congratulate Ms Woolnough on rising above her fear of spiders to complete the task. Raising more than £800 should contribute towards the cost of the signs, which provide useful information for road users. The Sussex Sign Company specialise in producing signage for all occasions, including directional and informational signs for shops, businesses and charities. If you are a registered charity The Sussex Sign Company is happy to give you a discount of 30% from our standard prices.