Through gritted teeth?

Dear Mr Battersby,

Thank you for your latest update and the information contained therein.

I am delighted that RMBC Elected Members and Officers have listened to my concerns about the illegal intrusive banner signs on the MyPlace building and rejected that part of the planning application RB2012/1399.

RMBC are to be applauded for making road and pedestrian safety their priority in this instance and not caving in to the narrow financial interests of commercial advertising which could potentially have distracted car drivers on the busy roundabout and thus posed a danger to pedestrians crossing the road in front of MyPlace building.

I am also grateful to the Mr Robert Foulds, a highly-experinced local surveyor, who provided me with the attached link to the RMBC Planning department documents, which provide comprehensive details about the entire planning application RB2012/1399 –

http://roam.rotherham.gov.uk/PlanNet/search.asp?authentication=210907SMWJ&id=RB2012/1399

This could well be a milestone of successful partnership working between active and empowered citizens and a local authority and as such I feel that it represents an opportunity for more successful partnership working between us in the future.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

— On Wed, 31/10/12, Battersby, Karl <Karl.Battersby@rotherham.gov.uk> wrote
Subject: my place signage
To: DON BUXTON
Cc: “Kemp, Liz” <Liz.Kemp@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 10:22

Mr Buxton, further to my previous email I thought it would be helpful to confirm the current position.

We wrote to the Manager of My place requesting the removal of the banner signs, as we felt unable to support this element of the application for advertisement consent. A site visit yesterday confirmed that they had been removed.

Regards
Karl Battersby
Strategic Director
Environment and Development Services
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

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