Clamouring for attention

An inspector has sanctioned the retention of security roller shutters over a shopfront in Derbyshire on the grounds (we might be paraphrasing a bit here) that things couldn’t get any worse (DCS Number 400-027-046).

The inspector related that the shop was on a prominent corner of a busy road, the shopfront being arranged along the long edge of the building. He commented that it was recognisable as a shop within the street scene due in part to the large, brightly coloured fascia signs installed along its length, and the busy appearance of the frontage when the shop was open, with the addition of the bright yellow shutters when closed. He found that the building was not architecturally outstanding and the existing shop features combined to provide it with an incongruous appearance when viewed in conjunction with the more muted appearance of surrounding buildings. However, it was clearly identifiable as a corner shop and acted as a recognisable visual reference, or identification point, in the street scene. As such, he found that its incongruity was not necessarily harmful to the street’s overall appearance or character.

The shutters, the inspector observed, were housed in bulky boxes at the base of the fascia signs, which were visible when the shutters were in their open and closed positions. He concluded that, given the inherent incongruity of the shop’s appearance, its visually clamorous characteristics and its prominent location, the shutters served to reinforce the noticeability of the shop and therefore its local function and place within the street scene. Accordingly, he determined, their presence did not result in incremental harm to the appearance of both the building and the street.

Section 13.434 of DCP Online covers shopfront security measures.