September 19 2014 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Friday, August 22, 2014
A supermarket chain has won support for illuminated signs at its new store despite a councillor raising safety concerns.
At its meeting last week, Royston Town Council’s planning committee voted not to oppose Tesco’s plans to put two back-lit signs at its new Tesco Express store in Market Hill, Royston.
But Councillor John Davison voiced his concern about the lights
He said: “This is a conservation area and we should object to these signs, they are inappropriate.”
And councillor F John Smith added: “These signs are a potential danger to passing traffic; I don’t think we should accept them.”
The store in Market Hill is currently under construction.
The chain is appealing a decision not to allow it to extend the licensed opening hours.
When planning permission was granted, opening hours were set at 8am-9pm every day.
Tesco then put in a new application to have these extended to 7am-11pm Monday-Saturday, and 8am-9pm on Sundays and bank holidays, which was rejected by the district council.