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Advertising sign gets green light after complaints

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Lack of sign for delivery lorries etc, Pipeworks Retail park Richard Thomas / Gerald Sargent

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SIGNS advertising the Swadlincote Pipeworks retail park will now been installed after complaints about delivery drivers missing the entrance.

Frank McArdle, chief executive of South Derbyshire District Council, announced the news describing it as a ‘difficult nut to crack’ after heavy lorries were mistakenly turning into nearby Coppice Side which has a 7.5 tonne weight limit, while trying to access The Pipeworks.

Gerald Sargent, who lives in Coppice Side, previously told the Mail that delivery drivers approaching the site along Sir Herbert Wragg Way are missing the correct exit due to a lack of signs on the roundabout at its entrance.

Mr McArdle said: “Coppice Side has been a difficult nut to crack but I have met with the developers and planning officers and they have agreed to build a totem pole, which will be illuminated signposting people to The Pipeworks at no cost to the taxpayer, with names of the shops advertised.”

No plans for the exact location of the pole have been finalised, and Mr Sargent said: “It isn’t a difficult nut to crack, it is only a sign.

“There is a totem pole at the industrial estate where Lidl and Halfords is. It will be a similar one to that

“In fact, they could actually have an arch going over the entrance to The Pipeworks, as long as it’s big enough and smart enough.

“I just want to ask where they are going to put it. It would be awkward at the roundabout because the building where the vets will go is in the way.”

There had also been problems surrounding satnavs being programmed to the old, and subsequently replaced, postcode for The Pipeworks, which was the same as the houses on Coppice Side. This has now been solved, after Mr McArdle revealed that all businesses on the site have been given the correct postcode.

Derbyshire County Council had previously told the Mail that it didn’t feel another sign was needed, as the retail park is ‘clearly visible’ from the roundabout.

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