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Garden centre impacted by removed road signs

A Lancashire based garden centre is calling on the council to reinstate signs along the A59, directing people to the business.

‘Be a Garden Maker’ was taken over by Nikki Brown in June and was closed for refurbishment by its previous owners.

Signs along the A59 were removed by Lancashire County Council and the 47 year old believes they are unlikely to be returned.

Nikki told The Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen:“The signs are vital to us. It’s absolutely crucial to letting people know where we are, being remote it makes it even more imperative.

“I’m really disappointed, we’re trying to regenerate business in the area and rejuvenate the community in the Ribble Valley.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to get the signs back now.

“I’ve even said I’ll pay money towards it. It’s already impacted our business. People can’t find us, they need help.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The signs directing people to the garden centre were taken down at a time when they were considered to be redundant as the previous business had been closed for some time.

“Our current policy is to apply Department for Transport regulations on signage which says that the main purpose of the brown signs is to guide visitors to tourist or leisure destinations.

“These guidelines also state that their primary role is as an aid to navigation and for safety or traffic management reasons, rather than as a marketing tool for businesses.”

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