Parish Noticeboard Installation
Welcome! Are you looking to boost community engagement and create an easily accessible information hub in your local area? If so, this article is tailored just for you! It’s all about parish noticeboard installation – a fundamental aspect of community communication.
Let’s dive right in!
We can offer a comprehensive fully insured installation service.
Our aim is to complete as much work as possible off-site, simplifying the installation. Our installation teams are highly experienced, and we understand the need for the work to be quick, quiet, clean and safe with the minimum disruption.
All of our installation teams have PASMA and IPAF certificates for working at height and always adhere to our company Health & Safety procedures. We are members of the Safe Contractors Accreditation Scheme and are fully conversant with the recent DDA requirements.
Do I Need Planning Permission For A Noticeboard?
A church noticeboard is an ‘advertisement’ for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. In principle, therefore, the erection of a board accordingly requires consent under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007.
However, deemed consent is automatically granted by Regulation 6 for various advertisements in categories in Schedule 3 to the 2007 Regulations. These include (in Class 2C) signs relating to various religious, cultural and other institutions, including churches, which are therefore permitted without more ado – but only provided that certain limitations are complied with.
The maximum size of a sign granted deemed consent under this Class is 1.2 sq m – for example 1 m by 1.2 m – but this may be smaller than the principal sign outside a large city- centre church, which would thus require express consent.
No character, letter or symbol within it may be higher than 75 cm (or 30 cm in an area of special control over advertising), and no part of the advertisement may be more than 4.6 m above ground level (or 3.6 m in an area of special control).
In general, only one sign is allowed for each church – which may be anywhere on the premises. However, where a church has more than one entrance (for example, where it is at the junction between two streets) there may be up to two such signs, each complying with the above limitations – but each must be at an entrance.
In other cases, express consent would be required from the local planning authority (although where this is required the authority cannot control the wording of the sign but only its appearance, colour size etc).
In practice, authorities sometimes waive the requirement for express consent to be obtained for signs that exceed the relevant size limits, provided that they are suitable in all the circumstances of the particular case. However, to display a sign that has neither deemed consent (for example because it is too large) nor express consent is a criminal offence, and the planning authority has powers to bring about its removal. On the other hand an authority is, at least in theory, entitled to withdraw the deemed consent for a particular sign if it considers it offensive.
Note that there is no ‘ecclesiastical exemption’ from the need for consent under the Advertisements Regulations, although some planning authorities seem to think that there is.
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The Importance of Parish Notice Boards
In our increasingly digital world, the simplicity and accessibility of a physical notice board can often be overlooked. Yet, it’s important to remember that not everyone has equal access to digital platforms. A parish notice board acts as a democratic, inclusive channel of communication, displaying relevant local information to all passers-by.
Promoting Events and Services
Additionally, these notice boards can play a key role in promoting local events, services, and initiatives. Whether it’s a charity bake sale, a new book club, or a recycling initiative, your parish notice board can help to spread the word and engage local residents.
Deciding the Right Location for Installation
Accessibility and Visibility
Selecting the right location for your parish notice board is crucial. It needs to be highly visible and accessible, ideally in a spot frequented by the community – for instance, near a local shop, park, or community center.
However, accessibility isn’t the only factor to consider. Be mindful of environmental impacts such as exposure to the elements. Choose a location that offers some natural protection if possible. This way, you’re not just considering human traffic, but also ensuring longevity for your notice board.
Types of Parish Notice Boards
Outdoor Notice Boards
These are designed to withstand weather conditions, providing a reliable information hub regardless of the season. They’re usually made from durable materials like metal or treated wood, with a clear protective front to shield notices from the elements.
Indoor Notice Boards
These boards are designed for indoor spaces like community centers, churches, or schools. They’re often made from lightweight materials like cork or fabric, allowing easy posting and removal of notices.
Steps to Install a Parish Notice Board
You’ll need your chosen notice board, a post (if the board doesn’t come with one), concrete, and a set of tools including a post-hole digger, level, and drill.
Process of Installation
Dig a hole about two feet deep. Position the post, ensuring it’s level, then pour in concrete and allow it to set. Finally, attach the notice board to the post using the drill. Remember to ask for help if needed, as the process can be much easier with an extra set of hands.
Maintenance and Updating Your Notice Board
Once installed, ensure the board’s longevity by scheduling regular maintenance checks. This might include cleaning the board, checking for damage, and ensuring the board remains secure and level.
A notice board is only as good as its content. Make a plan to regularly update the board with new and relevant information, removing outdated notices to keep the board tidy and current.
And there you have it! Installing a parish notice board can significantly enhance local communication and community engagement. By carefully choosing your location, board type, and ensuring regular maintenance, your notice board can serve as a vital hub of information for years to come.
Can anyone post on a parish notice board?
This depends on the local regulations. Some boards may require authorization, while others may be open for anyone to post.
What materials are outdoor notice boards made from?
They’re usually made from durable materials like metal or treated wood.
What tools do I need to install a parish notice board?
A post-hole digger, level, drill, and possibly some concrete are typically needed.
Where is the best place to install a parish notice board?
Ideally in a high-traffic area that offers some natural protection from weather conditions.
How often should a parish notice board be updated?
This varies, but it’s good practice to update information and remove outdated notices regularly.