Petition launched after Surbiton shop's bright pink paint job

Pink: The Victoria Road shop's new look

Pink: The Victoria Road shop's new look

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - 020 8722 6313

Liberal Democrat politicians have taken aim at the bright new pink paint job on a former jeweller’s in Surbiton saying it spoils the building’s appearance.

FP Turner and Sons, which closed on Christmas Eve last year, has been painted bright pink by its new owners.

And now Liberal Democrats in Surbiton have started a petition to ask the owners to change their minds.

But the petition admits: "Planning law cannot help as it specifically allows for the application of paint to a building, even in a conservation area."

Conservative Berrylands councillor Karen George said the colour was "incongruous". She added: "It just doesn’t fit in with the actual hoarding. I think cross-party on that one."

What do you think? Comment below.

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11:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

DB says...

It is hideous without a doubt, but I am not sure it could be described as 'incongruous'. Just looking at the picture here shows the equally tasteless bright yellow and green frontage of 'Snappy-Snaps', the very tired two 'half-shops' in between and there are several other awful examples on Victoria Road.

That said, I welcome any attempt to try to tidy up Surbiton's street scene, but I fear we have a long way to go!

The main fear for me with that particular shop is the tasteless signage that they are likely to use to put over the original FP Turner one.
It is hideous without a doubt, but I am not sure it could be described as 'incongruous'. Just looking at the picture here shows the equally tasteless bright yellow and green frontage of 'Snappy-Snaps', the very tired two 'half-shops' in between and there are several other awful examples on Victoria Road. That said, I welcome any attempt to try to tidy up Surbiton's street scene, but I fear we have a long way to go! The main fear for me with that particular shop is the tasteless signage that they are likely to use to put over the original FP Turner one. DB
  • Score: 5

1:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

Alienating the population of the town in which you wish to carry out business is a novel but almost certainly fatal business plan.

I can't imagine Surbiton's cultured women wanting to support a business that's vandalised Surbiton Conservation Area's classiest shop front. Just look at the before and after photos on the petition page.

http://goo.gl/4AyI00


If the planning laws can't stop this in a conservation area, the purse power of Surbiton's refined and sophisticated women ultimately will.

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Alienating the population of the town in which you wish to carry out business is a novel but almost certainly fatal business plan. I can't imagine Surbiton's cultured women wanting to support a business that's vandalised Surbiton Conservation Area's classiest shop front. Just look at the before and after photos on the petition page. http://goo.gl/4AyI00 If the planning laws can't stop this in a conservation area, the purse power of Surbiton's refined and sophisticated women ultimately will. . captain_shamrock
  • Score: 11

1:56pm Tue 25 Mar 14

peterf17 says...

I agree that this is horrible and detrimental the appearance of the ever shabbier looking Victoria Rd, but I find it a bit rich that some of the same councillors who supported the equally hideous Tolworth Greenway scheme have suddenly developed a sense of taste. If something looks awful it shouldn't matter where in the borough it is, but it seems to be one rule for Kingston and Surbiton and one rule for everywhere else.
I agree that this is horrible and detrimental the appearance of the ever shabbier looking Victoria Rd, but I find it a bit rich that some of the same councillors who supported the equally hideous Tolworth Greenway scheme have suddenly developed a sense of taste. If something looks awful it shouldn't matter where in the borough it is, but it seems to be one rule for Kingston and Surbiton and one rule for everywhere else. peterf17
  • Score: -1

3:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Happy59 says...

I didn't realise that Victoria Road Surbiton was part of a conservation area with the plethoria of ugly buildings currently being built. You can't allow these monstrosities and then moan when a shopfront is painted a colour you don't like.
I didn't realise that Victoria Road Surbiton was part of a conservation area with the plethoria of ugly buildings currently being built. You can't allow these monstrosities and then moan when a shopfront is painted a colour you don't like. Happy59
  • Score: 5

7:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Simbali says...

Love it! The colour definitely gets your attention, I just hope the shop lives up to it with quality goods. Does anyone know what it is going to be?
Love it! The colour definitely gets your attention, I just hope the shop lives up to it with quality goods. Does anyone know what it is going to be? Simbali
  • Score: -2

10:35am Wed 26 Mar 14

kingstonpaul says...

Fantastic. Love it. Looks like a shrine to My Little Pony.... Guess we tend to look at these things in terms of the colors we'd paint our homes. And generally pink isn't on that spectrum. But so what? We wouldn't paint our homes orange, but don't seem overly offended by the garish orange signage sported by the Sainsbury supermarket over the road?
Fantastic. Love it. Looks like a shrine to My Little Pony.... Guess we tend to look at these things in terms of the colors we'd paint our homes. And generally pink isn't on that spectrum. But so what? We wouldn't paint our homes orange, but don't seem overly offended by the garish orange signage sported by the Sainsbury supermarket over the road? kingstonpaul
  • Score: 1

12:10am Thu 27 Mar 14

rovercat says...

looks terrible i hope it closes quickly shame on the people who painted over 100 years of history with a pot of cheap pink paint, i have no answer to the high street in 2014 but its not doing this to a the last Victorian shop front in Surbiton, very depressing
looks terrible i hope it closes quickly shame on the people who painted over 100 years of history with a pot of cheap pink paint, i have no answer to the high street in 2014 but its not doing this to a the last Victorian shop front in Surbiton, very depressing rovercat
  • Score: 4

10:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

BerrylandsBoy says...

Will the LibDems also be petitioning against that hideous yellow and black shop front, with reflective silver windows that looks like a knocking shop on Berrylands Road?

(see http://politicalscra
pbook.net/2013/07/ed
-davey-office-referr
ed-to-police-kingsto
n-liberal-democrats/ for an image if you're unaware of what it looks like)

Pot - kettle - colourist LibDems at it again.
Will the LibDems also be petitioning against that hideous yellow and black shop front, with reflective silver windows that looks like a knocking shop on Berrylands Road? (see http://politicalscra pbook.net/2013/07/ed -davey-office-referr ed-to-police-kingsto n-liberal-democrats/ for an image if you're unaware of what it looks like) Pot - kettle - colourist LibDems at it again. BerrylandsBoy
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OldBaloney says...

But take a good close look at the horrid yellow shop here http://bit.ly/1pcYu9
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But take a good close look at the horrid yellow shop here http://bit.ly/1pcYu9 p OldBaloney
  • Score: -2

2:44pm Sun 30 Mar 14

surbitondog says...

Looks more Soho than Surbiton... Let's hope it's not a firm of financial asset strippers moving in...
Looks more Soho than Surbiton... Let's hope it's not a firm of financial asset strippers moving in... surbitondog
  • Score: 4

11:08am Wed 2 Apr 14

00david says...

surbiton's refined and sophisticated women my arse! Surbiton really should get out of it's own behind, it really isn't a very refined thing to do
surbiton's refined and sophisticated women my arse! Surbiton really should get out of it's own behind, it really isn't a very refined thing to do 00david
  • Score: 0

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