New fast food restaurant sign leaves a bitter taste for neighbours

KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry. Left: Jon Butler, Cllr Rob Skoulding, Cllr Jan French and Don Burr. KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry. Left: Jon Butler, Cllr Rob Skoulding, Cllr Jan French and Don Burr.

Kath Sansom
Sunday, May 12, 2013
12:21 AM

AN enormous eight metre tall fast food take away sign at KFC in March is an eyesore says neighbours and has been placed too close to a nearby bungalow.

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KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.

The illuminated sign was given approval when a sketch for a “totem sign” was tucked into the KFC planning application but few appreciated its scale and impact.

Jon Butler, spokesman for the neighbouring family, said: “All we can see when we sit in the bungalow is the colonel grinning at us. What an eyesore.

“From 8 every night until the place shuts it is lit up. It is so overwhelming we have to shut the curtains.

“My idea of a totem sign is a pole, not this great big thing. It is totally out of character and has ruined the bungalow.”

KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.

Mayor of March Councillor Jan French, who coincidentally lives nearby, said: “This used to be open farmland and now we are stuck with a busy fast food outlet, generating rubbish, with a sign which is totally in your face.

“It looks three times the size of what is next door at Cobblestones restaurant.”

Protestors have the support of independent councillor Rob Skoulding who said a quick measurement reveals the sign has encroached onto the bungalow access.

Mr Butler said: “Deeds show we should have the right to free and uninterrupted passage over our driveway yet KFC, a huge organization, has put a massive sign in over our access and what can we as a small person do?”

KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.

A spokesman for the franchise that operates KFC said: “We apologise for any misunderstanding as we always strive to be a positive addition to the community.

“The restaurant has created around forty career opportunities for local residents, and staff will carry out regular litter picks as well as supporting the United Nations’ World Food Programme. We are looking into this case and hope to resolve the situation soon.”

A Fenland Council spokesman said they would be checking the size and siting of the sign “to ensure that it complies with the plans”.

KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.KFC Sign at Wisbech road Westry.

6 comments

  • Agree totlally with your comment wilcochris

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    lee

    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • Maybe it`s because it is bigger than her own sign further down the road! But in all seriousness I wouldn`t want to live next to it and I`m sure the bungalow would be hard to sell. Maybe they should have sold out to the developers for when the next restaurant gets built beside KFC!

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    mypointofview

    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • I saw it for the first time on Thursday. I must say, I thought it made a lovely little oasis an otherwise very dull and uninteresting area. It's a nice bright red colour, and that kindly old gent with his cheerful smile on the sign really brightened up my drive through the soulless Fens!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Ok opinions about Mrs French aside lets be honest here, the sign is Massive. Way bigger than is necessary. it is visible from a heck of a long way away and i really sympathise with the closer residents, this is about the ordinary residents who live in the area around the sign and not all about her. The small voice of the local residents had no influence over the planning of this place and as normal corporate feet are stamping over the small and not so mighty. No doubt it will remain and light up the night sky to entice even more people to its doors. On the plus side if aliens were to land at least it will be visible from space.

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    Another Westry Resident

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  • Ugh. No sympathy for this woman. She is fine to allow plans for 2 supermarkets in Whittlesey to go ahead, but when it comes to the KFC sign that is up (let's not forget KFC brought jobs to the area), she's not happy with it. Sounds like she has a major case of the NIMBY's and needs to get over herself. Cannot stand the woman! Here's hoping she won't be mayor for much longer!

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    wilcochris

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Here we go Miss French voicing her stupid opinion again who ever voted for her again god help them. It creates jobs for local people . More things to worry about than a KFC sign god help us.

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    lee

    Monday, May 13, 2013

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