Following discussions with a group of local residents, Alderley Edge Parish Council are looking to develop new boundary signs as they feel it is important to position much better signs to mark the road boundaries to our village, especially as there are no signs at all on some approaches.
The Parish Council is now considering two options, either sticking with a more 'traditional' approach to boundary signs using ones similar to most towns and villages in the country. Alternatively, their preferred option is to use their new logo to create more "stylish" signs.
Councillor Mike Dudley Jones said "Many residents in Alderley Edge have commented very favourably on the new 'logo style' we have used, particularly in editions of the Parish Update magazine we distribute to every home in the Village, on a quarterly basis. However, not everyone is clear on what the 'logo' represents and we felt it was important to outline the background to it so that there is a wider understanding, especially as we have a strong desire to use this style in the Boundary Signs Project.
"As you approach Alderley Edge, almost from any direction, and especially by train, you will see the spires of either St Philip's Church or the Methodist Church. Rising up above the Village is the steep 'curve' towards 'The Edge', a landmark for which we are famous. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to focus a new logo design on 'the spire and rising curve' symbols. We felt that the design should be simple, clear and unique."
Alderley Edge Parish Council carried out some brief research at the Village Show on 1st September where they placed an A1 sized board to gauge reaction to these two options and to chat to people as they considered them.
Councillor Mike Dudley Jones explained "It became apparent that visibility was the principle concern and as the more traditional option showed black lettering on a white background this option was more favoured. Most did not favour the 'coat of arms' though. However, where the symbolism of the new logo was understood, many said they loved it. Others said they would have favoured a new, more modern look but only if it was more visible. Some also felt the new logo style was a little small and looked like a 'tick'!"
Since then the two options have been re-worked - see above - and the Parish Council would welome your opinion to help them develop this project.
Please consider the two options and decide which you believe to be the best for our Village and using the comment box below simply write Option 1 (coat of arms) or Option 2 (new logo), pus of course any feedback you wish to provide.