Basepoint ends sign ‘fandango’

Ropetackle Shoreham JPET Jul15 SUS-150806-093847003
Ropetackle Shoreham JPET Jul15 SUS-150806-093847003

THE LONG-running Basepoint sign saga was finally brought to a close on Monday after a last-minute withdrawal of a planning application.

The business centre, which occupies the iconic Ropetackle building, caused controversy last year when ‘Ropetackle’ signs were replaced with ‘Basepoint’ lettering.

A compromise was reached after huge objection, with ‘@ Ropetackle’ lettering added to the signs. But in a confusing twist, the centre last month insisted the planning committee determine the old ‘Basepoint’ only application.

Basepoint denied it intended to change the signs and requested a refund in return for withdrawing the plans. Instead, the application was withdrawn hours before the Adur District Council planning committee meeting.

Councillor Liza McKinney said: “I felt that this was bordering on the ridiculous. After all of this fandango about having money back from the council in return for withdrawing it, I felt like saying ‘Please Basepoint, if you want the support of the town my suggestion is you have a bit of goodwill and not get everybody upset’.

“You can’t blame people for wondering if next year they were hell bent on removing the Ropetackle signs.”

Basepoint has yet to comment.