Plans for advertising boards get thumbs up

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Plans for 28 advertising signs to be erected around a football pitch have now been approved.

The proposals for the football pitch at Garstang Sports and Social Club were given the go ahead by Wyre Council at a planning meeting.

The pitch already has 30 signs along the south west side.

The latest plans will see that number almost double.

Bosses at the club can now place 16 along the eastern fence plus 12 along the southern fence.

The advertisements will be fixed to the railings and will not be illuminated. The sports and social club site is made up of a bowling green, tennis courts and cricket/sports pitch.

The football pitch, where the signs will be placed, is to the south of the clubhouse and the west of the cricket pitch. The plans, which had been recommended for approval, were given the nod earlier this month.

Planning documents which went before the council explained: “The proposal is for advertisements to be placed along the south and west sides of the football pitch.

“The signs are non-illuminated. The signs are fixed to the rail which surrounds the football pitch and the number of proposed signs is 16 along the eastern fence and 12 along the southern fence.

“All the fences measure 0.6m high and 2.4m wide.”

Meeting documents highlighted that one objection on the matter had been submitted to the council.

The objector claimed there has already been a “substantial loss of amenity to the public due to the erection of fencing around the site.”

They also claimed the sports fields were largely unused, that the site was meant to be an asset for all to use and that advertising would make the impacts to the visual amenity worse.

However, the council concluded: “The proposed signage is considered acceptable as it will face inwards towards the football pitch and is low and close to the ground, which will limit the impact to the visual amenity of the area.”

At the same meeting, the club was also given the go ahead for temporary advertisement signs on a portable cabin on the site. The three signs will measure 2.132m high and 2 .1m, 4.416m and 4.361m wide.

Conditions were placed on both applications.

Club spokesman Mr Les Taylor said:“It contributes to what we are trying to achieve. All sports grounds have advertising boards. We have abided by the rules.”

l See next week’s Courier for more comments from the club.