The brown signs directing tourists to Snibston Discovery Museum disappeared within days of the judicial review allowing Leicestershire County Council to close it. At Hoo Ash Island, traffic from the A42 is now directed along the A511 Coalville by-pass to ‘other tourist attractions’.
A casual traveller, looking for somewhere interesting to stop, might never find out what these are. Where are the brown signs to the Century Theatre? Snibston Country Park is still open. Where are the signs to its arboretum, wildlife walks and match-day fishing ponds? Coalville is supposed to be part of the National Forest. Where are the signs to the 'Nature Alive' park at the back of Aldi and the ‘Urban Forest' off Ashby Road? Coalville's famous "Victoria Bikers Pub" has a sign, but even this is invisible to traffic coming from Ashby, Burton and Birmingham.
Tourism brings £1.571billion into the Leicestershire economy and brown signs need to be part of an overall strategy. It takes a time to consult on Highways signs, design them and consult again. There can be months of manufacture before the new signs are delivered to the depot. The speed with which Snibston Museum was airbrushed from history suggests this process was well underway before the judge permitted LCC to go ahead with closing Leicestershire’s largest museum.
Cllr Richard Blunt, resident of South Staffs, Heritage Lead for LCC and Leader of Tory NWLeicestershire District Council used his 2015 election victory speech to announce his commitment to a “Coalville Project”.
The Tories final solution for our town appears to involve closing anything our community cares about and by-passing Coalville.