‘Graffiti’ on town signs

NDET 22-5-12 BWJ 1 Chesterfield Signs
NDET 22-5-12 BWJ 1 Chesterfield Signs

Signs that stirred up controversy when they appeared around town without clear reference to the Crooked Spire, have had a mysterious makeover.

A graffiti artist – dubbed ‘Chesterfield’s Banksy’ – has painted at least two of the signs, on the Hasland bypass at Temple Normanton and on the A619 at Holymoorside.

Rolled out by Destination Chesterfield last month, the signs spurred a torrent of complaints from people saying the town’s spire was not well represented in the design.

But following Tuesday’s makeover, many took to social networking sites to voice their approval.

Derbyshire Times Facebook fan, Tracey Winfield, wrote: “Looks brill and now I know we are entering Chesterfield.” Another fan, Dave Longden, added: “Chesterfield is known for its spire. Well done to Chesterfield’s Banksy.”

John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and vice chairman of Destination Chesterfield, said: “While we can’t condone graffiti, it demonstrates the depth of talent that we have in Chesterfield. I have no intention of going on to the highways to wash it off myself.”

He added: “I’m not a graphic artist, I sit in these meetings and take the advice of professional people. That someone has taken the time to do this demonstrates the strength of feeling that the spire should be better represented on the signs.”

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