Do pub plans benefit area?

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Politicians say new signs and lights at a pub would harm an important part of the High Street – but they like its plan for a new beer garden.

Berkhamsted’s The Goat wants to install a fence and gates in a disused area next to the building.

Benches now blocking three of the property’s 11 parking spaces would be moved to the new patio.

But Laurence Handy, chairman of the Berkhamsted Town Council planning committee, said the pub’s plans for signs and lighting would damage the Conservation Area.

Two neighbours have also written to Dacorum Borough Council, recommending it reject the plans.

The signs are ‘overbearing and imposing’ and the lights ‘excessive and too bright’, and they are there now without permission, they say.