Help Save The Business Signs in Carrickfergus Town Centre #SaveOurSigns

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Three businesses in Carrickfergus Town Centre have been told by Mid and East Antrim Council planning office that they must remove the signage outside their premises or face significant fines and possible legal action. 

The reason for this action is that apparently the signs are not in keeping with what is acceptable in a conservation area such as Carrickfergus Town centre.  As you will see from the picture, there is nothing offensive or excessive about the signs being used by the Yoga Loft, Halo or Axiom Dynamics.  These are just small local businesses trying to promote themselves and get by. 

When the businesses opened they never received any correspondence from conservation officers or planners to say what would be acceptable.  Instead they have received letters out of the blue demanding the signage is removed and that new panning permission is submitted at significant cost. 

At a time when all efforts must be focused on developing business opportunities in the Carrickfergus, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council planning officers have decided to stifle three excellent business by over zealous application of their powers.

Now is the time to be creating the environment in which new businesses can start and existing ones can flourish. This decision flies in the face of that.
From a local economic development point of view it is madness!!

If planning enforcement should be directed anywhere in our town centre it should be on the landlords in the town who have let their buildings fall into total disrepair with no efforts at all to improve them!!

Please support this petition and send a strong message to Mid and East Antrim planners.

Thank You