Fury Over Disappearance of Iconic Lucozade Sign
Petition demanding its return
More than 1500 people have now signed a petition to get an iconic sign next to the M4 returned after it was removed from Brentford over the Christmas holidays.
The Lucozade advert has been situated on the building on the Great West Road since the fifties. The original sign now in storage at Gunnersbury Park Museum was replaced with a modern replica in 2010. It is much loved and seen by many returning from a long trip outside London giving the first indication that they are close to home.
It has been replaced by a giant digital screen without any apparent notice and even Hounslow Council seem to have been taken by surprise by the change. The sign is much loved as it seen by many returning from a long trip outside London as the first indication that they are close to home.
There has been a sign on the building on the Great West Road since the fifties. JC Decaux, whose UK HQ is in Brentford, did apply to replace the sign in 2013 but their proposal for a replacement was rejected down only for the decision to be overturned by the Planning Inspectorate. However their ruling specificed that any replacement should replicate the existing Lucozade sign in a modern format. "By rotating a digital image of the traditional ‘Lucozade’ sign and its modern equivalent every 30 seconds, the proposal would also retain the historical and cultural link with the area. On this basis, I conclude that the digital screen would not detract from the visual amenity of the area".
Nina Meusberger, head of marketing at Lucozade Energy, said: "We're grateful for the public’s appreciation for the iconic Lucozade Energy sign which was displayed alongside the M4 in Brentford. We have preserved and stored the sign since the decision, which was beyond our control, was made to turn the space into a digital advertising board.
"We are considering various options of where to place it next."
A petition has been set up with change.org calling on the Prime Minister to:
"Bring back Brentford's iconic Lucozade sign. Remove the hideous digital advertising."
The man who set up the petition, which currently has over 1,500 signatures, is Gary Farnan, from Isleworth, he said:
''This is similar to the way the iconic Firestones building was knocked down, which was done during a bank holiday break, so that there could be no objections.
''Please sign the petition to get 100,000 signatures and raise support for not only Brentford and its boroughs residents, who have enjoyed this sign for years, but those who enjoy the history of this sign, and those who enter London each day and enjoy seeing this sign, and want it BACK.''
The digital display ad that has replaced it is advertising Mercedes vans rather than energy drinks.
The leader of Hounslow Council, Steve Curran, has ordered the planning department to investigate whether the change is legal.
He said: “It’s a really important local landmark that we wouldn’t want to lose. We need to find out who removed it and why.
JC Decaux declined to comment on the removal of the sign.
January 7, 2016