CELTIC supporters driving around Glasgow yesterday were somewhat confused to see the large digital screens in places like the Clyde Expressway and at Anniesland Cross given the reason given by Glasgow City Council to refuse Celtic permission to erect a Windmill style digital screen at the bottom of The Celtic Way.
Glasgow City Council have rejected plans by Celtic to build a digital screen outside their stadium. Cooncil chiefs rejected the plans on the grounds that it could potentially hinder road safety by distracting drivers.Bit like the ones on Clyde Expressway,Anniesland Cross etc.🙄 pic.twitter.com/0orLo2kj8o
— Steven ®️ (@stemac26) 14 March 2019
Celtic had submitted application documents with Glasgow City Council in September 2016, and intended to build the 8m long x 4m high TV on a paved shamrock-shaped area to the right-hand side of the Celtic Way.
However GCC planners rejected the plans to construct the illuminated screen over fears it would distract drivers on nearby London Road.
“The proposal was refused because it was judged contrary to planning policy in relation to signs and advertising within the City Development Plan.
“That’s because it was considered to be detrimental to road safety in terms of its size and location,” a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said.
Celtic had hoped that the free standing ‘Windmill’ LED sign would have provided live and recorded TV images as well as advertisements, so would have been a decent revenue generator.
Norwich City have a similar screen in place inside their Carrow Road ground and it’s thought to be the first of its kind in football.
Celtic have three months to appeal the decision as they press ahead with ambitious plans to transform the area surrounding their stadium, with plans to build a hotel, museum and enhanced retail outlet for the Celtic superstore.