Mayor: New pet shop '˜is like a Polish prison'

The new Pets at Home store under construction in Tweedmouth has been likened to a Polish prison.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 11:04 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:27 am
The Pets at Home store under construction in Berwick.

The view was expressed by Mayor Ivor Dixon at Berwick Town Council’s planning committee meeting on Tuesday night.

“It’s like a Polish prison at the moment,” he said. “I think Pets at Home will be good for the town but a store like that should have been on a retail park.”

Ivor Dixon

Cllr Georgina Hill added: “It’s quite a feat to make the building even more ugly than the half-derelict one that was there before.”

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Their comments came as the committee made objections to an application by Pets at Home for advertisement consent for illuminated signage at the new store.

Osborne Crescent resident Lynette Dunn said: “I am very concerned about the illuminated signage. If they are on all night this will disturb neighbours’ sleep as it overlooks our bedrooms.

“As it is I am not happy that this building has been approved in a residential area and I already have office windows directly looking into my property.

Ivor Dixon

“I simply can not believe that this building has been approved to start with and that they want to set up such large signs when other businesses in town have had them refused.”

Members objected to the proposal and called for discussions with applicant about its lighting. Councillor felt the signs should be switched off at night.

“You have to think of the people living in Osborne,” said Cllr Dixon. “Anyone crossing over the bridge and on to the roundabout will see these big green signs. I do think it should be stipulated that they are turned off at night.”

Pets at Home was given planning permission earlier this year to demolish the former DP Furniture Express store on the corner of Prince Edward Road and Ord Drive.