Town council opposes Pets at Home plan

Berwick Town Council has confirmed its opposition to plans for additional signage at the Pets at Home store in Tweedmouth.

Saturday, 30th December 2017, 06:39 am
Pets at Home in Berwick.

The firm wants to put additional poster frame advertising on part of the building, which occupies a prominent site on the corner of Ord Road and Prince Edward Road.

Coun Anne Forbes, at full council last week, said: “I don’t think Pets at Home need additional signage. It’s already everywhere as you go past. You can just about see it from the moon!”

Coun Karin Graham called for the lighting to be controlled.

“I would hope the signage can be turned down at night,” she said. “There were a lot of objections to the building in the first place so we should ask for the lighting to be kept under consideration.”

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Planning committee members had already outlined their concerns at their December meeting, with Coun Robert Bruce labelling the building an eyesore.

The plan has been slightly amended in recent weeks.

In October, the town council called for a condition that the signs only be illuminated during hours of business. This was to protect residential amenity and to prevent light pollution.

The 8,000 ft store, which also features a pet village, groom room and an aquatics centre, created 12 full and part-time jobs when it opened in February.

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