Food Business Allowed Single Sign

Plans to place signs on St Mary’s post office advertising a ready meal business will need to be scaled back.

The owners of Tanglewood Kitchen, which is based in the Grade II-listed property, had applied for a 150cm by 40cm wooden sign above the door and a 60cm square hanging sign below the existing one advertising the Post Office.

Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden had recommended approval although he added that the arguments were “finely balanced.” In his report, he said the design and scale of the signs wouldn’t impact the character of the building.

But the AONB Planning Consultative Panel disagreed, saying it would “overwhelm the Post Office signage leading to ambiguity.”

Council Chairman, Mike Hicks, described the signs as “horrendous” on “a marvellous old building like this” and it would not get his support.

Amanda Martin described this as a ‘keynote’ and ‘iconic’ building, dating from the 1890s and appearing in many of the old photographs of Hugh Town. She said it would be a shame to ruin it.

Craig said the Government was encouraging Post Offices to diversify and find other business models and it was only “fair and proper” that there should be some form of advertising on the property.

He suggested reducing the size of the signs or having a single sign.

But Chris Savill asked whether the Council had received listed building consent for internal changes to the building, which were the subject of a successful LAG grant earlier this year. She didn’t want to approve the signs if there were still issues with siting the business there.

But she was reassured by Craig that those changes are minor and had been through the proper consultation process.

Councillors finally agreed to approve a single, hanging sign that can be no bigger than the existing Post Office sign.