Local councillors have voiced concern that three large signs at the Windmill Theatre and Cinema in Littlehampton have been removed too early. As a result the site has been left looking shabby and giving the wrong impression that the Windmill is closed for business.
With a new leisure provider due to take over the Windmilll and other local leisure facilities from April, the outgoing leisure provider has already taken down their signs at the Windmill, even though the complex is still very much open for business.
Meanwhile Arun District Council has failed to put any measures in place to keep signs up at the Windmill, making it clear to residents it is still open.
Local Lib Dem Town Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper commented, "As a regular user of the theatre myself, I firmly believe the removal of these three key signs will be detrimental to both live and recorded shows at the Windmill.
"It gives completely the wrong impression that the Windmill is not open. Any other business would not take their signs down until the last day of trade.
"In this case, the leisure contract isn't due to come to an end for several more weeks, so it's a real shame that Arun District Council has not made any attempt to keep this important signage in place until the new contractor is in place."
Lib Dem County and District Councillor for Littlehampton, Cllr Ian Buckland, added, "Removing the signs this early is a disgrace. As ward councillor, I know how important the Windmill Theatre and Cinema is to our community. By removing the signs and the council failing to put anything else in place now means that the outside of the Windmill looks closed. I'm calling on Arun to take immediate action to rectify this situation."