Mayor slams district council for forcing businessman to apply for planning permission for Heywood Roundabout signs.

A businessman has been forced to take down signs on Heywood Roundabout after complaints to the council.

McDonald’s franchisee David Hunt made a financial contribution to Northam Town Council towards the upkeep of the roundabout.

He also placed four signs on the roundabout – but has now been told to take them down by Torridge District Council (TDC), as they do not have planning permission.

Mr Hunt said: “I now have to take down the signs and pay £120 for a planning application. It’s bureaucracy.

“I’m just trying to do a good thing by helping with the upkeep of the roundabout and now that is in jeopardy.”

Northam mayor Councillor Chris Leather said the whole situation was ‘nonsense’.

He said: “People see McDonald’s as a multi-national company, but David is a local businessman employing local people.

“The town council cuts the grass anyway so David’s contribution means we can spend money on other things.”

TDC confirmed it had received one written complaint and a dozen phone complaints. David Green, planning manager, said: “Any signs similar to those installed on Heywood roundabout would require ‘advertising consent’ from Torridge.”

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