A brighter day for art gallery

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SCARBOROUGH Art Gallery will be up in lights.

Scarborough Museums Trust had asked for planning permission for signage with back lighting and banners, as well as listed building consent, and the matter was backed by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee.

Karen Lawton, one of the council’s planning officers, said that the plan for the grade-two listed building, in The Crescent, would include copper lettering and showed members a lifesize example.

The copper capital lettering will be 200mm tall and be in a traditional typeface with a low voltage LED backlighting.

Ms Lawton said that two banner signs were also proposed and the holders would be PVC coated and were well -designed.

Cllr David Billing said: “I was a bit alarmed at first but if the Civic Society approves it, so do I.”

The banner signs would replace the existing ones and would be used to advertise exhibitions at the gallery.

Cllr Brian Watson said: “It’s important to advertise what we’ve got. It’s sitting there, in the corner and people might need to know what it is.”

Lockable poster cabinets have also been proposed for the ground floor. According to the planning report the gallery is described as one of the most impressive of the Crescent’s villas.

It was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family and is listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The council’s head of estates and valuation said they had no objections to the proposal subject to the museums trust carrying out the work to the complete satisfaction of the council.

English Heritage said that the application should be “determined in accordance with national and local policy guidance and on the basis of expert conservation advice.

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