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Town Council Newsletter Matters – March 2012

THE LATEST newsletter from Hedon Town Council has recently been circulated with the March 2012 edition of the Holderness Heartbeat.

There are some interesting asides included. One of which refers to the new signage recently put in place by Hedon Green Print. It appears that the new boards placed on their Market Place premises need planning permission – and the local print shop is unlikely to obtain this. The new signs are not in keeping with the requirements of the Hedon Conservation Area (pdf).

In November 2010 the Hedon Blog commented:

“Local businesses want to attract residents and visitors into their premises. By doing so they advertise their premises in ways that ‘stand out’ from the crowd. Over a period of time a series of bright, modern advertising logos and signs dominate a town centre – and it begins to look like any other town centre in the country! The ‘local’ charm and uniqueness is lost!”

Whilst agreeing with this – it does seem that a balance has to be struck with those local businesses who wish to further invest in the town centre.

The planning system needs to work with local traders to guide them. Perhaps the idea of establishing a local forum for traders – at the very least an online town forum – is something that could help facilitate this?

Other interesting facts gleaned from the newsletter are:

  • The Town Council ‘precept’ for 2012/2013 has been set at £139,780. The precept is the amount levied on local council tax payers to enable Hedon Town Council to carry out its functions and services.
  • Parking enforcement officers have issued 24 parking tickets in Hedon between November 2011 and February 2012.
  • A petition has been received requesting that the Skateboard park be upgraded.
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations have been confirmed as taking place on Monday 4th June 2012.

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