Here’s a wonderful thing. Above is a photo of Foxtons in Blackheath. Does that look like “non-illuminated fascia” to you? No, didn’t think so.
Which is interesting, as their planning consent clearly states that their signage doesn’t light up.
Advertisement consent was approved in September 2010, in
respect of the installation of non illuminated fascia and projecting sign.
It also states that they must not open on Sundays. And yet every Sunday, there they openly selling overpriced flats to the good residents of Blackheath. Because council planning rules don’t apply to people who can afford to flaunt them.
They’ve currently got a planning request in with the council to adjust the opening hours to include Sundays. I’m sure it will be approved. Maybe they could put a children’s library in the basement at the same time?
The council should either enforce planning rules or just not bother and go home. I’m sure there are other useful services they could spend the money on.
(thanks to 853blog for the tip-off).
I’m sure this flashing “smiley face / speed in mph” indicator never used to be there. Or have I just not been looking? Up near Costa Coffee.
Noa Noa (new clothes shop) were refused planning permission for extra illuminated signs outside the shop:
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.
The rather lovely neon sign next to the Library in Blackheath. I think there are only two neon signs in the whole of Blackheath – the one above, and the Thai restaurant next door (“Lai Cram”, which I have never been to, and keep saying that I should).
I really like this sign for some reason. It looks very stylish to me, even though I’d hate there to be any more neon lighting up the high street, I’m glad it is there. It is one of the very few great bits of typography in Blackheath, along with The Travel Lounge, which appears to be closing down.
Photo take by Flickr user Bellefox Rendezvous, who has a whole set of Blackheath pics.