Epping City Council Opposes Gadget Store Sign

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City Council opposes an interior-lit commercial sign in Epping High Street’s “Gadgets” store – after it was installed without a building permit.

City council policy is to oppose interior-lit store signs against a district council policy supporting sight if the signage affects the character of historic town centers.

Cllr Cherry McCredie told the Planning and General Goals Committee last night (March 23): “I’m really sick of looking back requests.

“People think they can do whatever they want, nominate and it will pass. You have to see that we have teeth. We have to be strong here.”

The chairman of the committee, Councilor Nigel Avey, said: “We should stick to our guns. Previously, we said ‘no’ to neon signs.”

Cllr Barbara Scruton said: “It will not affect their business.

The city’s mayor, Grahame Scruton, said: “If this had happened to us before it was installed, we would have objected because it is illuminated inside.”

An application for retrospective advertising authorization also includes details of a non-illuminated hanging sign.

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