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Centre ‘lit up like a Christmas tree’ – fear

FEARS have been raised that the RNLI’s new visitor centre in Dartmouth could end up decorated like a Christmas tree.
The charity might have to re-think its advertising strategy after Dartmouth Town Council’s planning committee rejected plans for hanging signs at the premises on South Embankment.
A proposal for three facia signs and a projecting sign on the old post office building has been recommended for refusal amid concerns that they would not fit in with the street scene.
Committee chairman Cllr David Gent said there was already enough advertisement material on the centre.
Cllr Robin Springett said projecting signs detracted from the building.
‘They have four window signs,’ he said. ‘It’s over egging it a bit. It’s a very sensitive area.’
Cllr Sue Thomson said: ‘Every-body knows what’s there. It’s like decorating a Christmas tree.’
The committee accepted a further retrospective application for listed building consent to refurbish the ground floor office at the building to create a shop and visitor centre, with a replacement floor, wall finishes and window refurbishment.
Another application for listed building consent for a hanging projecting sign at Joules clothing, in Victoria Road, Dartmouth, was recommended for refusal.
But support was given to a plan to re-paint the shop front.

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