A PARISH council chief has defended the siting of a new welcome sign – placed miles from the centre of the village whose name it bears.
Mike Ackroyd, chairman of Branston Parish Council, moved to explain the decision to install a brick flowerbed with a ‘Welcome to Branston’ sign at the junction where Henhurst Hill meets Postern Road – around two miles from the area many would class as the centre of Branston.
He told the Mail that the sign was placed in its current position to ‘signify the edge of the boundary for the parish of Branston’.
He said: “The welcome sign has been positioned where it is to signify to people coming into the area from that direction that they are entering the parish of Branston.
“Postern Road does in fact have a Branston postcode as it resides within the parish.
“We think the sign looks very nice and is a great welcome to the area.
“However, if now the sign has been put in place we witness an upsurge in people discussing the siting of the sign, then we will be sure to look at the decision again.”
The council is also looking to install other welcome signs on other areas of the parish to signify its boundary.
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said: “This was installed by Branston Parish Council, not the county council, although we have given permission for its siting.
“The sign and its installation have been paid for by the parish council.
“The sign is sited at the boundary of Branston parish, which was questioned at the time, as it does seem some way from the centre of the parish.
“This sign is one of a number being erected by the parish defining the boundaries of their parish.”