The next item was agenda item 4 The Wro, North West House, GRANGE ROAD, WEST KIRBY, CH48 4DY – Signage for the Bar Cafe. The officer said it was a resubmission for an illuminated sign. It had previously been refused but they had now lowered the height. The level of illumination did not exceed that in the technical guidance with was 600 candelas per a square metre. The proposal was 300 candelas per a square metre. It did not lead to clutter.
Cllr Boult said he had no problem with it, but could they add a condition that the light would be on during the time the business was open and switched off outside those hours?
The officer said it was not necessary.
The Chair said he didn’t believe it was obtrusive, but what about late at night? Cllr Boult said it had been dropped down so it was more at eye level. At 3am or 4am it would be intrusive, but he had no problem with it being there. The Chair said he believed there should be a time limit on the signage. Cllr Boult and Cllr Mitchell moved this as a proposal. The Chair asked how a meaningful condition would be phrased? The officer said it would be when the premises were closed. There was a vote. Eight councillors voted in favour. The Chair said having the lights off would save them electricity. Four councillors voted against (three Labour except Cllr Salter). It was approved with the extra condition that the sign would be turned off when the business was closed.