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"It will look like little Blackpool on the bridge"

Burger bar's pink neon sign met with objection

"It will look like little Blackpool on the bridge"

NEWBURY town centre could end up resembling the infamous Hamburg “red light district”, The Reeperbahn, if signs for a new burger bar are given the given go ahead.

The tongue-in-cheek claims were made as Newbury Town Council’s planning and highways committee discussed an application from 7 Bone Burger Co.

The gourmet burger chain will be opening a new restaurant on Bridge Street at premises formerly occupied by Oldbury’s delicatessen.

However, an application from the restaurant to erect a pink neon internal sign met with stiff opposition from Newbury town councillors.

Elizabeth O’Keeffe (Lib Dem, Victoria) said the sign would not be in keeping with the rest of Newbury town centre, adding: “I don’t like it. I think it’s horrible. I mean, a pink neon sign?”

Chairing the meeting Anthony Pick (Con, St John’s) called the plans hideous, while pointing out that the premises were in a conservation area.

Jeff Beck (Con, Clay Hill) said: “You’ve got a combination here of LED lighting and neon lighting.

“A pink neon sign? It will be like little Blackpool on the bridge. I think it’s totally out of keeping.”

Summing up the thoughts of the committee Ms O’Keeffe, jokingly drew comparisons to the notorious red light zone in Hamburg.

She said: “I propose we object to this. It could end up looking like the Reeperbahn.”

Councillors voted to unanimously object to the proposals.

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  • NewburyLad

    10/10/2016 - 11:11

    Shame the councillors weren't stopping the destruction of the historic buildings in Newbury eg the buildings that once were where the Kennet Centre now is, or the awful concrete building on the corner that used to be Barclays and now is a betting shop, or mess that is where Prohibition is, or whatever buildings used to be there before it became a Sainsbury carpark pre-Cinema, or the Pearl insurance building that was so horrible it even had to be reduced in height.... plus countless more. Shame you weren't doing your jobs back in the 60s, 70s and 80s.


  • RoElTa

    10/10/2016 - 10:10

    Very frustrating and disappointing that the town council are not supporting independent businesses to open in Newbury. A pink neon light is not permanent and lets face it would have no impact on the town centre whatsoever. This is a great little burger shop that would be a welcome change to all the chain restaurants in the town - who cares if they want to put up a pink neon sign?!


  • skott

    10/10/2016 - 09:09

    These councillers are a waste of time,what is wrong with a pink neon sign.These are your silly opinions and they dont reflect what 75 thousand people living in west berkshire want.A pink neon sign is now associated with a red light distict over a thousand miles away.What are these people thinking. Well i will tell you and all they care about is their wastefull and criminal wages just to tell us a light colour cant go up because a couple of idiots(3 of them named above)Think it will make newbury look like a red light district.What a load of rubbish.I thought these people were for helping small businesses, well it turns out even a neon light can destroy your business,especially when you have three complete idiots in control of policy.You three are a disgrace and we will vote you out on to the job line. you never know those 3 may get a job in that new burger bar if you ever allow them to open.THIS IS CRIMINAL behaviour.what is the real reason you dont want the burger bar to be there!!!!!


    • Bombey

      10/10/2016 - 10:10

      they don't want the sign, not the burger bar.....


  • grumpy

    10/10/2016 - 09:09

    A pink neon INTERNAL sign ? that's means its inside the shop. Whats the harm ???


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