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Spalding Civic Society calls for action against 'garish' vinyl shop fronts following Poundland application

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Calls have been made to tackle the ‘garish’ vinyl shop fronts which are ‘blighting’ the historic town centre.

Spalding Civic Society has spoken out against blacked out window displays following an application lodged by Poundland.

The national retailer has applied to South Holland District Council to put up new signage on the former B&M Store at the Winsover Centre.

A 'To Let' sign has gone up outside the Winsover Centre in Spalding. (49006735)
A 'To Let' sign has gone up outside the Winsover Centre in Spalding. (49006735)

The society, which aims to fight against damaging planning applications and promote the viability of the town, say that vinyls do not encourage shoppers.

Chairman John Bland said the town has been blighted with vinyl film blanking out shop windows for years.

He has called on the district council to look at some of its planning rules and regulations and feels that shop owners should also play their part.

Mr Bland said: “We think that the vinyl coverings detract from the appearance in the town.

“Window displays by definite can change to give interest and a bit of vinyl stuck there for however long does nothing for the town.

“So many sites have blank lurid coverings that are out of keeping with the town and we would like to see an improvement in the way some of our shops look.

“Hopefully Poundland can be persuaded to set an example for others in the area to follow.”

Mr Bland said that the society has been running a campaign for a number of years to fight against vinyl shop coverings.

Members secured a partial victory in 2019 when the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan adopted a a provision that vinyl coverings should be prohibited.

The society had also worked with Hughes Electrical, in Sheep Market, over its vinyl coverings which went onto incorporate historical images of the town.

But Mr Bland said that there are a tranche of shops in the town that retain blanked out vinyl coverings.

Mr Bland said: “It has got to affect footfall in the town. If you can’t see what is inside what is the incentive to go in?

“Some of the vinyls are pretty garish.

“If these vinyls were in Stamford it would create uproar. Spalding has buildings of interest.”

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