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Call for more road signs to tourist attractions in Cornwall

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

  • An example of the tourism signs which one councillors says Cornwall needs more of

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CALLS have been made for an increase in signs to tourist attractions in Cornwall after a councillor said they were losing business because visitors can not find them.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mario Fonk (Gulval and Heamoor) presented a motion to a full meeting of Cornwall Council last week making the case for more of the brown signs to highlight visitor attractions.

He said: “Because a lot of public attractions in Cornwall are suffering due to lack of adequate signage, many first time visitors often complain about the lack of signage, quite a few give up resulting in lost trade and the possibility of return trade on another occasion.

“One such business Tremenheere Sculptured Gardens in Ludgvan which is one of the best gardens in Cornwall – if not in the whole of the South West – is suffering because some visitors especially those from outside county find it difficult to find.

“The business employs 16 people in an employment black spot area, the restaurant food purchase up to May of this year was £87,000 – 98% of which was spent with local Cornish producers and suppliers. The proprietors want to expand the business, but they need to resolve the signs issue before they commit time and resources to expand.

“I appreciate that there must be some control regarding the number of signs on our highways, but the present policy is having an adverse affect on many business throughout Cornwall and needs to be urgently reviewed and amended.

“I am not proposing flooding Cornwall with brown signage,I am merely asking the council to review the policy and consult with the private sector.”

The motion was referred to the council’s scrutiny management committee which will consider it and report back to full council.

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  • Iorlas  |  July 30 2014, 9:01AM

    Yes i'm sure people would flock here in their droves just to see signs in Cornish.I can see it now ..coach loads of tourists all excited to be seeing road signs in Cornish,maybe Bert could start selling souvenir signs to them, the extra income could be used to fix the roads or cover the extra costs of the duel signs.

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 29 2014, 8:57PM

    Jeremy, I think you are wrong. I think having dual English?Cornish signs would heighten our distinctiveness and bring in more visitors. I think signs in a foreign language, ie Polish, would decrease them.

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  • rickoon  |  July 29 2014, 2:24PM

    Iorlas Stop talking sense, you will confuse the natives, ignorance is bliss and all that lol. You couldn't make up.

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  • Iorlas  |  July 29 2014, 12:49PM

    How can duel be the same cost? twice the materials,twice the man hours etc...all add to extra cost.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  July 28 2014, 10:42AM

    parsnippasty , You just don't get it do you? I was suggesting that there would be more visitors to Cornwall who speak these languages than those very few people who understand Cornish, so should we not consider using their languages on our signs to encourage them to visit our attractions? Get it now?

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  • rickoon  |  July 28 2014, 8:04AM

    "The proprietors want to expand the business, but they need to resolve the signs issue before they commit time and resources to expand."…………….. "and who end up paying for these Dual language signs? Think about it people, what will You get out of it?"… Yes, what will You get out of it?

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  July 28 2014, 12:06AM

    rickoon wrote:- "and who end up paying for these Dual language signs?"...................................And on May 24 2014, 11:27AM, rickoon wrote:- "cweatherhill wrote. "Replacement street signs in bilingual frm cost no more than they do monolignually because of the laser process used in creating them"….. Pull the other one. Just look how much raw material is being used extra for a start."...................over and over again you have attempted to pass off the lie. It has been stated, over and over, that these signs will cost no more than the mono language signs, but you continue to insinuate, claim, that is not true, you lie............................Unless YOU can prove different.

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 27 2014, 9:59PM

    It's quite possible/probable that there are more Polish speakers in Cornwall than Cornish speakers. However, we are not in the bushiness of marketing Polish attractions, but Cornish ones. AS I said earlier, dual language signs would highlight our unique culture and be a selling point for our attractions. It would also be a reminder to those living in Cornwall, whether Cornish or not, that we have something distinctive here. It's a shame these issues get hijacked by those with axes to grind.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  July 27 2014, 9:42PM

    Now stop these stupid personal accusations children! Just think ,we have more German visitors each year than the number of people who could understand Cornish, also what about our indigenous Polish, East European and Portugese population should we not think of them as well?

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  • rickoon  |  July 27 2014, 8:49PM

    "Actually, YOU "started" this, when you insisted in the telling of the lie."…I have told you lot before put up or shut up. I have made one posting on this topic on this thread, now you show me and everybody else where I have told a lie, otherwise SHUT UP!

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