Last month there were a number of people in Raunds who raised concerns over driver safety for the new sign that has been positioned outside of the Town Council building, and facing oncoming traffic from the Stanwick direction.
A petition was raised to request the Council to look at moving the position of the sign. The complaint was also sent to the Planning Enforcement team at ENC and it was at that point that, it was agreed to pause promoting the petition whilst the Highways Authority conducted an assessment following the installment.
Highways have visited and, although they do not object to the location of the sign they have asked for some amendments on the display itself. The update from the Highways Authority is as below:
At the meeting [with Raunds Town Council] the settings for the digital sign were adjusted so that the display changes every 15 seconds and that the letters appear from bottom to top. The previous setting had a text change every 5 seconds which may have been seen as a flash to drivers which could be distracting. We agreed that the text messages would be displayed with the adjusted setting which did not show any flash at all.
East Northamptonshire Council Planning have now concluded:
As the signage now meets the standard condition as regards not causing a hazard to vehicles, the advertisement is now compliant with the advertisement regulation and permitted development rights.
There has been no comment from Raunds Town Council regarding why such an assessment was not initially conducted
If you are still unhappy that the sign poses a risk of safety following these changes we will leave the current petition open, which can be accessed by clicking here