Ilminster carwash owner slams sign decision

First published in Somerset

A BUSINESS owner in Ilminster says she is struggling to make ends meet after her application to display advertising signs was refused by South Somerset District Council.

Inga Marcinkoniene runs a hand carwash at the former Stewley Cross Filling Station in Ashill and relies heavily on passing trade.

She paid £110 to apply for two free-standing Aboard signs on the A358, but was refused on the grounds that they would distract drivers and impact negatively on the area’s character.

Inga is appealing against the decision, which she has branded as “ridiculous”.

She claims less than a mile up the road businesses are allowed to advertise because they fall within Taunton Deane Council’s jurisdiction.

Inga told the News: “We’re on Wood Road, and you can’t see us from the main road because there are trees and without signs we are stuck.

“We still have three years on the lease and our landlord is supportive, but the council isn’t helping us.

“The appeal is my last hope. If I’d known this was going to happen I’d never have set up the business here in the first place.”

A South Somerset District Council spokesman said: “We’re disappointed to hear that Miss Marcinkoniene feels there has been a lack of support from SSDC.

“On first making contact with the applicant it was made clear that any adverts would be unlikely to be supported, but our planning department has actually given Miss Marcinkoniene a lot of assistance in making the application.

“Notwithstanding the refusal reason, the signs are also located on the public highway, which is county council land, for which no consent has been given by SCC as the land owner.

“It should also be noted that in addition to the two adverts that were applied for a further three unauthorised adverts were being displayed around the site, causing further harm to the amenity of the area and increasing the risk to public safety on the highway.”

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8:29am Sun 13 Oct 13

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

£110 just to APPLY to be allowed to put up signs.
....and this tax is for the purpose of....?
£110 just to APPLY to be allowed to put up signs. ....and this tax is for the purpose of....? Dick Turpin Works For Council
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4:17pm Mon 14 Oct 13

ingajuknaite@googlemail.com says...

yes £110 pounds just to apply for two sings to put them on the main road.A358. is all lies that they support me by filling application form, i did all my self, i just rang them to ask what size maps do i need ,and Mr J Miller told me,so i paid £37 ponds,then i went to see him and he sad sorry but these maps are no good you can by from us its £20 ponds,so i didint had choice i had to spend money agane.what support tahy gave me, i wriited complay and they still didnt contact me after 11 days.....sorry but i am verry disipointed.........
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yes £110 pounds just to apply for two sings to put them on the main road.A358. is all lies that they support me by filling application form, i did all my self, i just rang them to ask what size maps do i need ,and Mr J Miller told me,so i paid £37 ponds,then i went to see him and he sad sorry but these maps are no good you can by from us its £20 ponds,so i didint had choice i had to spend money agane.what support tahy gave me, i wriited complay and they still didnt contact me after 11 days.....sorry but i am verry disipointed......... ... ingajuknaite@googlemail.com
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10:35pm Mon 21 Oct 13

orchardman says...

With all due respect to the lady in question, quite how she expects to make a viable hand car wash business on a site that is tucked away out of sight adjacent to a very busy main road with traffic rattling by at 60+ mph rather seems to be rather optimistic. Numerous businesses have tried and failed on the site purely and simply because of its location.
With all due respect to the lady in question, quite how she expects to make a viable hand car wash business on a site that is tucked away out of sight adjacent to a very busy main road with traffic rattling by at 60+ mph rather seems to be rather optimistic. Numerous businesses have tried and failed on the site purely and simply because of its location. orchardman
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6:35pm Tue 22 Oct 13

ingajuknaite@googlemail.com says...

yes,but from us just mile away its planty sings,on the same road.so how is taunton council is supporting sings and yeovil not?
yes,but from us just mile away its planty sings,on the same road.so how is taunton council is supporting sings and yeovil not? ingajuknaite@googlemail.com
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