What impression of our lovely village do visitors really receive? The welcoming sign, common to many Cheshire villages and often supported by tasteful hanging baskets, that would inform them that they are entering Alderley Edge?
Residential streets whose smooth surfaces will compete with the perfect, soon-to-be-spread tarmac of the new by-pass? A community which takes pride in tidying up after itself, and its dogs? Roadsides which are free of distracting and unauthorised hoardings, posters and clutter?
These photos in the gallery below, taken on a golden November day, belie the image of the prosperous, caring community of our imagination.
I'm sorry that your banner was included in one of the photos, but I do feel strongly that there is far too much advertising "clutter" attached to lampposts, fences and boards. I am all in favour of your website, and I think you have done a good job in publicising it to date, through door-to-door mailings, word of mouth, etc.
Does the board on the A34 have planning permission, and does someone receive an income for letting this space?
I think the vendetta against the well-planned, professional Dobbies site is attacking a trivial issue compared with this creeping Americanisation of our roadsides by signs and billboards, from A4 sheets advertising sales (and why are they not taken down after the event?), through the police notices that litter the A34 and other highways, to the collection of the adverts in question here.