Game fair organisers are fair game for unauthorised signs

Event organisers put themselves in the sights of enforcement officers for placing unauthorised signs by the road side.

In April 2012, David Read Ltd complied with a notice issued by the council to remove illegally placed placards and banners. Attached to road signs in Boston Spa and Wetherby, the signs advertised a local game fair.

However, less than a month later complaints were received that similar boards and banners advertising the same event had appeared on Spofforth Hill and High Street in Wetherby.

It is illegal to attach such advertising to road signs and street lights without prior permission from the council.

As the company had already been served a legal notice under Section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 yet still committed further offences, David Read Ltd were prosecuted.

The case was heard before magistrates last week. The company was found guilty for both breaches of the law and fined £500, ordered to pay £748.08 and a £15 victim surcharge.

Unauthorised signs at the side of the road can distract drivers, cover legitimate road signs and clutter up the street making them look unattractive.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy said:

“This is not a trivial matter. Unauthorised adverts aren’t just an eyesore, they have the potential to cause a hazard if they block the view of drivers and pedestrians trying to go about their daily business safely. Where people are jeopardising the safety of our residents, we will take action.”

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“We don’t have a problem with events trying to attract visitors, but this has to be done in such a way that keeps Leeds safe, clean and green.”

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