Glanton Show signs prompt safety row

image captionCouncil planners say the signs must be taken down

Villagers have described Northumberland County Council as "petty" after it told them to remove two temporary signs promoting their annual show.

They have been told the signs advertising Glanton Show must come down within five days.

John Radgick from Glanton Parish Council said they had agreed to take the signs down "but it may take us a week or two to get round to it".

A council spokesperson said the signs were an unsafe roadside distraction.

The signs, both with blue lettering on a white background, say 'Glanton Village Show 2nd Saturday in August', and have been used for years to advertise the show, now in its 88th year.

Organisers say the signs are important as Glanton is off the main A697 to Wooler, and could easily be missed.

Northumberland County Council said in a statement: "The regulations around erecting signs on the public highway are laid down by government legislation and the council must abide by them.

"That means that if anyone wants to erect a sign they must apply to the council first and we will discuss their proposal with them. They must have the council's consent before erecting any signs. The issue of unauthorised signs has been a particular problem over recent years particularly in the north of the county.

"We must take into account the issue of cluttering the countryside with signage and also the safety of drivers who may be distracted by signs along the highway."

Mr Radgick, the parish council chairman, said: "I've never seen anything so petty in my life, they're the same signs we've been putting up for donkeys years.

"They are put up by local people who use that junction and know the sight lines, they are absolutely safe, there's no issue with them. I'm sure if we'd asked for consent we'd have got it.

"The show committee have had a conversation with the planners and have agreed that they will take the signs down, but they've got to understand we're only local volunteers here, and it may take us a week or two to get round to it."

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