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Bright spot a bad example

Wednesday, 24th April, 2013

Fran McKinnon says the heritage look of Argent Street could be lost if traders are allowed to paint their shops bright colours Fran McKinnon says the heritage look of Argent Street could be lost if traders are allowed to paint their shops bright colours

By Kurtis J Eichler

Allowing The Orange Spot to keep its bright green facade sets a bad example for the rest of Argent Street's traders.

That's the opinion of Fran McKinnon, the chair of BH's National Trust branch.

This week City Council's heritage advisor Elizabeth Vines gave the green-light to the radical paint job, which has drew fire from business owners along the shopping precinct.

All cafe owner Susie Mobbs needs to add is a federation green trimming around the edges of the bright green lick of paint, and it passes muster.

Since the new-look cafe got its vibrant colour scheme, orange spots have been added to the front veranda in keeping with the cafe's name.

Ms McKinnon said allowing it set a bad example to other business owners.

"I'm concerned that if one person is allowed to do it then everyone else can," Ms McKinnon said.

"It totally ruins what the intention of the Heritage Plan is, and it spoils the whole effect of the street."

Ms McKinnon said its intention was to keep shops along Argent Street painted in heritage colours.

"Bright green is hardly a heritage colour.

"They certainly never had bright lime green back then. It's only been invented in the last 20 years."

Ms Mobbs declined the opportunity to comment.

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