'Ugly' leisure centre advertising signs don't have planning consent
ADVERTISING boards at a Gloucester leisure centre have been branded "ugly and damaging" by heritage experts.
GL1, in Eastgate Street, has some 23 poster-style advertising boards on its building.
But they do not have planning permission for them.
Gloucester Civic Trust is calling on Gloucester City Council, which owns the building, to take action.
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David Champion, the trust's director, said: "I am seriously disappointed by the apathy being shown by the city council in relation to the illegal signs at GL1.
"Initially they argued that only some of the signs were illegal but have now confirmed that all 23 do require planning permission.
"I am most disappointed that as the enforcing authority, the city council is setting a very poor example to the business community in their dealing with a building in their own ownership.
"The repetitive nature and shear number of signs, located within a conservation area, are ugly and extremely damaging to the street scene.
"The insensitive manner in which they have been applied to the building detracts from the otherwise relatively pleasant exterior of the recently constructed building."
The trust first complained about the signs around 15 months ago.
The site of the former Gloucester Leisure Centre, on the corner of Eastgate Street and Bruton Way, became GL1 in 2002.
There has been a leisure facility on the site since September 1974.
A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "A planning application is due to be submitted in respect of this signage by Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust.
"Once it has been received it will be considered by the planning committee in due course."