Garish High Street betting shop to be given smart grey makeover

Written by Gerald Isaaman on .

The garish yellowy green corporate colour of the Stan James chain of 65 betting shops is about to change – at least in High Street, Marlborough.

The premises there are in a conservation area and fell at the fence of planning restrictions when the shopfront was repainted five months ago.

Now the “unauthorised works” are to be replaced with warm dark grey colour and the shop sign repainted by hand in place of the present plastic fascia.

“This will be a great improvement – everyone will be rushing in to place their bets,” chairman Councillor Margaret Rose told Marlborough town council’s planning committee when they approved the makeover.

And Councillor Bryan Castle added: “We will be letting our standards go if we allow plastic signs in our conservation area. They need to be hand painted.”