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COUNTER-Attack By Celtic Over Council’s Rejection Of TV Screen

CELTIC Football Club is trying to overturn a council decision refusing permission for a large rotating TV screen outside its ground.

The club was told by Glasgow City Council earlier this year that it could not put up a 7.6-metre by 3.8-metre revolving LED display beside Celtic Park.

Celtic has lodged an appeal against the verdict which is now being considered by a Scottish Government planning expert.

The screen, for showing adverts and live and recorded TV images, was to have been installed on an eight-metre high pole on an area to the right of the Celtic Way approach to the Parkhead stadium, beside the VIP car park.

City planners rejected the idea saying it would distract drivers on nearby London Road. They also said it would form a “dominant and incongruous feature, to the detriment of visual amenity”.

As part of the appeal process, Celtic has provided computer-generated images showing how the screen and its surroundings would appear.

A document submitted on Celtic’s behalf states: “[The sign] is neither an obtrusive nor dominant feature within the stadium precinct.”

It continues: “No evidence has been presented to justify the statement that the presence of the sign would cause distraction to drivers.

“An…LED advertising signboard with moving images already exists to the west of the stadium. That this sign has received planning permission and continues to operate is evidence that the presence of an LED sign displaying changing images has not caused a distraction to drivers.”