Celtic in Windmill Blow

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CELTIC’S plans to erect a giant ‘windmill’ style rotating LED screen near the bottom of the Celtic Way has been rejected by planning chiefs at Glasgow City Council.

The club 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 have now rejected the plans to construct the illuminated screen over fears it would distract drivers on nearby London Road.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council outlined the reasons for the refusal.

“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.”

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 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.

There also needs to be more facilities outside the stadium for supporters with toilet facilities completely lacking. A fans area is also desired by the supporters and there has also been calls for Celtic to build a coffee shop on its land around the stadium.

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