The proposed signage, by reason of its design and illumination, would fail to relate to the design and detailing of the shopfront and the character and appearance of the building,and would detract from the special character of this part of the Blackheath Conservation Area and would fail to comply with Policies URB 9 Signs and Hoardings and URB 16 New Development, Changes of Use and Alterations to Buildings in Conservation Areas within the adopted Unitary Development Plan (July 2004).
This can only be a good thing… First come the glaring signs, then the shutters, then the billboards. We’re lucky Blackheath is kept looking so nice – in no small part by the Blackheath Society campaigning against various planning proposals.
I wish planningalerts.com worked better – the first I heard of this proposal was when I saw the plasticky sign pinned to the nearest lamp-post.
As spotted on (LibDem councillor) Godfried Gyechie’s blog:
Lewisham council are running a questionnaire about the speed reducing measures around Blackheath Village that have been in place since 2005. In a great example of Government 0.9 (rather than 2.0), you are required to download a PDF file, print out pages 12 and 13, then post them (Freepost) back to the council. No email address, no web-form.
Here’s a list of the roads being reviewed:
Prince of Wales Road (within 20mph zone)
Tranquil Vale (within 20mph zone)
I can’t imagine that they’ll be digging up the various measures that are already in place (all the data displayed in the brochure suggests that accidents have declined). But if you’d like to let them know that the improvements are appreciated, or indeed to find out what exactly a Speed Cushion (possibly an illegal drug?) or a Raised Table really is, then please do!
And, just for fun, here are their main questions, in a web form. Note that Lewisham Council will not be receiving the results here – if you want them to receive your thoughts, find a printer and postbox! It took me about 5 minutes to knock up:
Image at the top is (probably) copyright Lewisham council, although it has been lovingly stitched back together by me, as it was split across two pages for some reason.