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Walkabout worries

The potential opening of the new Walkabout has already got people talking, including some who think it doesn’t fit in with the rest of Newbury.

In December owners of the Diamond Tap, Stonegate, unveiled plans to open a Walkabout on the site of the former Wetherspoons pub on Cheap Street.

It has been quite a journey for the Cheap Street pub after it was put on and off the market on several occasions over the last year.

When the plans for the new Walkabout were revealed a number of people took to West Berkshire Council to vent their anger against the plans.

The biggest issue that people have is the signage for the new pub doesn’t fit in with the look and feel of the rest of the Town.

Owners of Walkabout want to put two halo illuminated fascia text signs and two externally illuminated projection signs on the outside of the building.

Resident Phil Wood, said: “I have no objection to the bar being rebranded but I do object to the frontage of a fine old building in a conservation area being altered in a way that I consider detrimental to the street scene and conservation area.

“The proposed replacement signage etc is garish and cheap looking and totally fails to preserve the delineation of the two buildings that make up the frontage. The surprisingly good frontage created by Weatherspoons for the Diamond Tap is an excellent example of what planning should be encouraging in terms of conservation area street frontages.”

You can have your say on the plans via the West Berks Council website by searching for ref 17/03481/ADV

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