Plans thrown out for ‘intrusive’ gray unit with advertising screen in Coventry centre

Plans for a big gray hub in Coventry center have been rejected after being called “intrusive.” The unit with a huge advertising screen, direct emergency service line and charging point was rejected by the city council yesterday, May 7.

It was one of six bids for 2.6 meter high communications hubs in the city center by In Focus Networks Ltd. This unit was set to go near Coventry Market, and would have also had a touch screen, solar panels and a defibrillator cabinet.

But council officers said it would be near at least four other similar screens which would make the space overcrowded. An officer described the unit as a “very intrusive feature” in their report on the plans.


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They said it would be out of keeping with views of the street. The officer also pointed out that the area is due to be redeveloped for the City Center South project – with work to start “in the coming months.”

West Midlands Police also raised fears the large flat surface could be a “target for graffiti.” Officials say the plans were ultimately rejected because the unit would be out of place in the street scene.

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