The Society has had some success in the removal of items erected without
planning permission, mainly down to the swift action of John Pallant, IBC's
Senior Planning Enforcement Officer. A 2.3m high spiked-top metal fence
erected by The Homes and Communities Agency in Dove Street (St Helen's
Conservation Area) was removed just days after being installed. Banners
unrelated to the premises to which they were attached (Tower Ramparts car
park) and promoting a local commercial radio station were removed
immediately following our complaint.
If you can remember how much time, energy and effort Society members spent
trying to get the barbed wire removed from the floating pontoons belonging
to Neptune Marina, then you will understand our disappointment to see a
wire-topped fence between the university car park and Orwell Quay. The three
strands are unsightly, unnecessary and already loose and untidy. There was
no mention of this wire on the planning application and the Enforcement
Officer has written to the university, received a reply and action is
promised before April.
We've been unlucky with the large signs promoting the new car wash at the
bottom of Bolton Lane, at the junction with St Margaret's Street - the
former Kwik Fit site. As you may be aware, this use for the site only
received planning permission on appeal.