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New signs for Leek gateways

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The new additional signs which are set to be put up on the five main entrances to Leek.

The new additional signs which are set to be put up on the five main entrances to Leek.

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A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands town is set to have additional signs put up at its five main entrances.

Leek Town Council has asked for five brown signs with 'Leek Historic Market Town' to help emphasise its historic heritage.

The signs are set to cost £750 and are being funded through Leek's share of money distributed from the national Mary Portas fund set up to improve the fortunes of Britain's towns.

The cash was awarded to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to be distributed between Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph.

A spokesman for Leek Town Council said: "So far £620 of the Mary Portas money for Leek has been spent on lights for the stalls we have for the Christmas switch-on event, £1,375 on Real Ale Trail leaflets and £5,000 is ring fenced for the Food and Drink festival in March."

With a total of £7,745 being spent or ring-fenced so far out of the £10,000 for Leek, the town council is now considering allocating some of the funds for pop-up gazebos for community use and an Architectural Town Trail with an emphasis on the Arts and Craft movement.

The additional signs for Leek will be of 1,555mm in width, 710mm in height, with an area of 1.10 square metre.

They will be brown in colour with white lettering and emblems which will include a bed – for hotels – an historic building logo, a museum logo, and a church.

They are to be put up on A53, the A520 at Birchall, the A523 Ashbourne Road, the A52 and the A523 Macclesfield Road, alongside the existing 'Leek' signs.

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council's highways department, which will be implementing the signage, said: "No definitive date has been set for the erection of the four additional signs for Leek, but it is aimed that they will be up soon."

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