Company reveals its ‘Ropetackle’ sign suggestions

Basepoint's suggestion for the Ropetackle sign
Basepoint's suggestion for the Ropetackle sign
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DETAILS of proposals to return the Ropetackle name to a landmark Shoreham building have been revealed.

Basepoint Centres, which owns the ‘gateway’ building on the area historically known as Ropetackle, says it is keen to come to a compromise.

Negotiations are ongoing following the removal of the large ‘Ropetackle’ signs on both the north and east fascias, which were replaced with ‘Basepoint’.

Karen Osborne, regional manager at Basepoint, said: “We recognise the importance that the community places on the historical significance of the name Ropetackle, and the desire to somehow have that appropriately reflected on the gateways to the area.

“We are seeking to come to an agreed compromise and have put forward some proposals for consideration to MP Tim Loughton, councillor Mike Mendoza and Martin Allen, chairman of the Ropetackle Arts Centre.

“These included a large vertical Ropetackle sign on the west fascia and a prominent horizontal sign on the east (High Street) fascia. We also proposed a horizontal sign under the clock face.

“Our proposals were rejected out of hand by Messrs Mendoza and Loughton and their position was far from compromising. Mike Mendoza also presented part of a petition to Basepoint after the meeting – we are awaiting receipt of the remainder and, of course, will review any comments made.

“We believe our proposals do recognise the Ropetackle area and its important heritage but remain open to considering alternative proposals that do not simply involve re-instating the original sign. We have arranged an additional meeting with Martin Allen to discuss the options further.”

Basepoint bought the business centre, which includes the Ropetackle Arts Centre, in 2012.

Ms Osborne added: “Basepoint has invested in the building to the benefit of all who use it, and we will continue to invest as part of our commitment to the community.”