RESIDENTS in a Chester suburb have the blues about a sign on a nearby community centre.
The blue lettering, which is not illuminated, has permission with a coloured logo on a large stretch of white wall at Hoole Lighthouse Centre on Westminster Road.
Neighbour Richard O'Neill believes the sign is 'totally out of keeping with the character of a neighbourhood of small, Victorian, terraced houses'.
James and Sarah Gladwin say they live in the end house in a row of three 17th century houses, one of which is used as part of the centre.
Recent building work blends in with the neighbouring properties but they feel the sign will detract from the character of the buildings.
Similar views are expressed by Simon Pulford and Anna Maclean also of Westminster Road who add: 'We are totally against this application.'
Referring to the representations which had been received, planning officer Joy Gill told councillors in a report that occupiers believe the sign will devalue property in the area.
There are concerns it will attract non-residents 'who continually treat residents with contempt'.
Occupiers are also worried the sign will attract teenagers and trouble and objectors say they would rather see the centre closed to save residents from rude visitors.
It is also argued the sign will worsen parking problems.
Recommending the application should be approved, Mrs Gill said the concerns which had been put forward could not be supported and the sign will improve and enhance the character of the building.
'The Lighthouse Centre is a community facility that seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of residents.
'It is council policy to encourage and assist organisations to deliver these services.
'The sign relates to an authorised use that serves not only immediate residents but also the wider community.
'Concerns raised about the alleged conduct of visitors to the building cannot be used to warrant a refusal,' she suggested.