Image: unnamed - Plans for three high-tech tourism kiosks in Aberystwyth, including this one at the front of Aberystwyth station in Alexandra Road, have been put forward in a bid to drive tourism

PLANS for high-tech touchscreen tourism signs in Aberystwyth have been criticised by town councillors.

The Cambrian News reported “Advancing Aberystwyth Ar y Blaen, the group behind the Business Improvement District in Aberystwyth, wants to install three 55-inch digital touchscreen tourism kiosks in the town as part of its work to promote the town and its businesses.

The group has applied to put the high-tech signs made of galvanised steel and laminated safety glass on Owain Glyndwr Square, at the front of Aberystwyth station on Alexandra Road, and opposite numbers 64 and 66 Terrace Road by the former Kings Hall.

Support for the signs has been given “in principle” by planning officers.

The group said it had consulted with its 411 business members which pay the BID levy, as well as local ward members and Aberystwyth Town Council on the proposals.

Aberystwyth Town Council said the new structures’ design was “not in keeping” with the signs on Owain Glyndwr Square and on Terrace Road.

The steel and glass kiosks would be placed within the Aberystwyth conservation area.

Town councillors also took issue with the positioning of the planned kiosk outside Aberystwyth station, which is pictured in planning documents right by the pedestrian crossing on Alexandra Road.

Councillors warned that it could be a hazard for pedestrians and people with disabilities, and members say they will organise a site meeting before giving feedback on the proposals to Ceredigion council planners” here.

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