A PLANNING application for the Costa Coffee signage and lighting in Cockermouth should be refused as it's out of keeping with the area, said town councillors.

At a recent meeting in the town hall, members considered an advertisement consent application submitted to Allerdale Council for the Station Street property.

The application is for a "New Aluminium fascia tray with solid build up letters and trough LED lighting. In addition a non illuminated projecting sign."

"This should be refused, it's not in keeping. It's out of character with the conservation area," said Councillor Isobel Burns.

Members agreed to recommend refusal.

They also recommended refusal of an application to remove chimneys to the rear of a house in Ashgrove, Lorton Street.

"These are some of the oldest houses in town and the chimneys are part of the buildings. I'm against knocking them down," said Councillor David Malloy.