RESIDENTS who launched a petition against plans to put up a large sign outside a shopping centre prepared for disappointment last night.
People living on the Kingsmead estate had joined forces in a bid to stop a 3.5m by 2.5m sign being erected on the edge of Kingsmead Square to show off what facilities were available in the local shopping centre.
Thirty-three people signed the petition, and in a submission to planning chiefs saying it would not be in keeping with the character of the area they said: 'Large signs with names of shops are what you would expect in out-of-town retail parks.'
They said even more traffic to the already busy development would not be welcomed, and could cause safety issues for schoolchildren.
A report to Vale Royal Borough Council's planning committee, which was expected to approve the application last night, said that it was important Kingsmead Square 'continues to thrive and is not the subject of decline and abandonment'. It added that the sign had been reduced and was 'appropriate' to the area.