Roundabout Plans To Be Resubmitted By Council

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Roundabout Plans To Be Resubmitted By Council

Planning applications to display sponsorship signs at three Cirencester roundabouts will be withdrawn and resubmitted following their refusal, Cotswold District Council said today.

The Council made five applications relating to roundabouts around the town in a bid to improve their appearance, while giving businesses the chance to sponsor the more frequent cutting of the grass and collection of litter.

Two of the applications were last week approved by the Council's Planning Committee, while three were turned down the grounds of visual impact and highway safety.

The Council's Cabinet has now decided to withdraw the three applications that were turned down and resubmit them with a covering report detailing the reasons behind the authority's wish to introduce roundabout sponsorship to the town.

Cllr John Birch, Portfolio holder for Development Services said: "It was clear that some Members of the Planning Committee have concerns about the introduction of sponsorship and how the roundabouts would look under such a scheme.

"Some of the Members may not be fully aware of the Council's rationale behind the proposal, which aims to make our roundabouts tidy, attractive and a fitting welcome to the District. We are only proposing to cut the grass and collect litter more frequently. There will be no additional planting.

"The sponsorship is required in order to pay for the enhanced maintenance beyond the minimum level of cutting undertaken by the County Council. The size of and wording on the signs would be carefully controlled.

"This is not a ground-breaking suggestion because we are merely following in the footsteps of many other towns and district councils in England whose roundabouts, particularly on the approaches to historic towns, are maintained by sponsorship."

Posted : 18/10/2007 15:02:07

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