Welcome signs of a better, brighter Batley

Welcome signs of a better, brighter Batley

BOUNDARY signs have been renovated as part of a scheme to make Batley a more colourful and welcoming place.

The plan, launched by Batley History Group, was given a boost when Birstall-based paint manufacturer PPG agreed to fund the renovation of five of the 16 ‘Welcome to Batley’ roadside signs.

Many of the impressive metal signs, which feature artistic references to the town’s industrial past, have fallen into disrepair since being erected as part of the Batley City Challenge project in the 1990s.

The restoration plan was drawn up by the history group committee because it felt the deteriorating condition of the signs increasingly depicted Batley as a run-down and colourless place.

The group approached local businesses to see if they could help finance the restoration programme.

After being told of the scheme by member Kevin McQuinn, officials at PPG decided they would help by renovating five of the signs at a cost of more than £2,500.

Veronica Horsfall, the firm’s communications manager and leader of its charity and community team, said the response had been triggered by the enthusiasm of the town’s former MP Jo Cox.

Mrs Cox’s passion for Batley had initially persuaded PPG to help spruce up Batley railway station and they believed that improving the boundary signs was another step in helping to improve the public perception of the town.

Veronica said she hoped their decision would help inspire other firms in the town to follow their lead and allow Batley to give a colourful welcome to everyone.

History Group chairman Malcolm Haigh said he was delighted at PPG’s response: “We know that Batley is a lively place with lots of reasons to be proud.

“We just hope that giving the boundary signs a more welcoming look will encourage even more people to sample the town’s delights.”

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