Historic sign must stay on shop front, insist councillors

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Attempts to remove a historic pub sign from a Sudbury clothes shop have been vetoed.

Jeremy Clayton, the owner of Javelin, which recently opened in the former Anchor pub in Friars Street, has asked for consent to take down the old sign at the front of the building.

However, members of Sudbury Town Council’s planning committee believe the sign should stay.

“The Sudbury Society has said the sign is of historic value and, when the original plans for the shop were put forward, it was agreed it would be kept,” said Sue Ayres.

Councillor John Sayers said the sign showed the building was a “landmark”

Mr Clayton is looking to replace the sign.

“There is no issue with the new sign – it is the removal of the old one and what will happen with it,” said Nigel Bennett.

Oliver Forder said he did not think the renovation of the pub had been “unsympathetic” to its history.

Members agreed to approve the new sign on the condition that the original sign was retained prominently on the building, even if that meant moving it.