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South Holland District Council task force is looking into issue after concerns raised by Holbeach traders

A council task group is looking at how to protect the area’s historic town centres.

South Holland District Council says the rules surrounding shop fronts and adverts is complex but is aware of the fears shared by businesses in the area.

Traders in Holbeach have recently called for rules and standards to be introduced and enforced after town has been littered with vinyls and shoddy signage.

Calls have been made to introduce standards to protect Holbeach town centre
Calls have been made to introduce standards to protect Holbeach town centre

Coun Henry Bingham, portfolio holder for Assets and Strategic Planning, said: “Legislation relating to town centre uses, shop fronts and advertisements is complex.

“A significant amount of change can take place without the need for planning permission or advertisement consent. Where such permission or consent is required the council reserves the right to determine applications accordingly and take appropriate enforcement action where practical.

“Notwithstanding this, the council is aware of the broader concern regarding this issue which is currently the subject of a Policy Development Panel Task Group. In due course this group will report its findings to cabinet. Pending this, it is not deemed appropriate to comment further at the present time.”

Coun Henry Bingham
Coun Henry Bingham

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