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RESIDENTS are celebrating a 'minor victory' after hearing signs could be removed. The 'grotesque' Lidl signs, on Moors Walk, slammed as being out-of-place and causing light pollution at night, could be gone by 2010. The news comes after Will Davis, of Pan

RESIDENTS are celebrating a "minor victory" after hearing signs could be removed.

The "grotesque" Lidl signs, on Moors Walk, slammed as being out-of-place and causing light pollution at night, could be gone by 2010.

The news comes after Will Davis, of Panshanger Residents Group, received a letter from borough council planning boss Tracy Harvey.

It said: "I can confirm the council will seek to have the signage removed once the three-year period has expired [August 2010]."

Mr Davis said: "We look forward to seeing them go.

"There has been no acknowledgement that consent was given in error in the first place, but you can't have it all can you?

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"The council's argument that the signs do not detract from the visual amenity of the area holds no water."

The Hardings man added: "These signs are out of character in the Garden City context and would set a worrying precedent had they remained.

"Exactly how consent was ever granted in the first place remains unclear, but at least we can be thankful they are not now a permanent fixture."

However, a council spokesman said: "Consent for the signs expires in August 2010, at that point the council is able to review whether the signs should remain or not.

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