WEB POLL: Masham A1 signs removal

The tourist sign after it was erected by the A1(M) in May.

The tourist sign after it was erected by the A1(M) in May.

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This week, the Gazette has reported on Harrogate Borough Council officials ordering Masham campaigners to take down a promotional sign they erected at the side of the A1 motorway.

The home-made sign was put alongside the northbound carriageway in May to point motorists to the town after the official brown tourist sign was removed when the A1 was upgraded from a dual-carriageway to a motorway.

The campaigners had previously asked the Highways Agency to replace the official sign but the department said the campaigners would have to stump up £36,000 cash themselves to pay for it.

Their DIY replacement sign, measuring 10x16ft and costing £3,000, was branded “unacceptable and indeed illegal” by the planning authority, Harrogate Borough Council, and the campaigners have been forced to take the sign down.

We want to know: do you think Harrogate Borough Council was right telling the campaigners to remove the sign?