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Bright lights of downtown Southwell


One is the neon-lit, gambling capital of the world, the other a historic minster town, but a comparison has been drawn between the two.

Plans for three illuminated signs at a petrol filling station would make Southwell look like Las Vegas, according to a town councillor.

The signs, measuring 1.31m by 1.9m, are planned for Southwell Green Service Station on Upton Road.

The town council planning committee voted to oppose the proposal.

Members objected on the grounds that the signs would be an eyesore and clutter the street.

Mr John Robinson said he thought the extrasigns would make the area look like Las Vegas.

Mr Brendan Haigh said there were already two illuminated signs at the petrol station and he did not see the need for any more.

“That area on Upton Road has been greatly improved with the new building work that has happened down there and I think it would ruin it if it was cluttered with lit signs,” he said.

Mrs Beryl Rimmer said: “It doesn’t need more illumination because it’s not going to draw any more people in.”

Mr Peter Pay said the petrol station had enough signs.

He said: “It is the only petrol station in Southwell and I don’t think people can miss it. One sign should be sufficient.”

The application will be decided by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

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