Resident loathes the glow, parents like it

2014-06-20 00:00

A DIGITAL school noticeboard in Glenwood has been branded “a garish eyesore” by a local resident who is calling for its removal.

The digital noticeboard has been erected on the corner of Bulwer and Ferguson roads in the grounds of the Glenwood Preparatory School. “I drive along [Bulwer] road on my way home and the sign really jumps out at you,” said Mark Crozier, who lives in the adjacent suburb of Umbilo. “It’s impossible to ignore at night. Its green glare assaults you.”

Crozier said the sign was inappropriate in a residential suburb. “Surely it breaks the by-laws?”

“And why does it have to be left on at night?” queried Crozier. “Why does the whole neighbourhood have to be exposed to what is going on at the school?”

Crozier said a “normal noticeboard” with sliding letters and numbers would be more appropriate,

Glenwood Prep principal Louis Arde, clearly taken aback by the criticism of the sign, told The Witness, “We’ve had only positive feedback about the sign. Parents are saying, ‘At last, we know what’s going on’.” Arde said the sign measures one metre by half a metre and pointed out that other schools also have similar noticeboards within public view.

Arde said the school was not aware that the sign broke any by-laws and that he has asked the municipality to “come and tell us what they think”. Municipal representatives were unable to come to the school yesterday and it is hoped they will visit school today.

“Obviously we want to abide by the law,” said Arde, adding: “It’s sad that someone is complaining about the sign when we and Glenwood High School give so much to this community.”

The sign cost R40 000 and was sponsored by storage company XtraSpace, who were not involved in the construction.

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