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.