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.

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?