Local businesses count cost of unlawful advertising

11 April 2014

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Two local businesses have been ordered to pay substantial fines for displaying advertisements without consent, following successful prosecutions by Woking Borough Council.

J.F. Seymours

On Tuesday 25 March 2014, J.F. Seymours pleaded guilty at Redhill Magistrates' Court to displaying an advertisement board that was not displayed on the property to which it related, at Moorholme, Guildford Road, Woking.

This was in breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007.

Display of an advertisement without the benefit of express or deemed consent from the Local Planning Authority is an offence and carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 2,500.

J.F. Seymours were fined 800 and ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of 250 and a surcharge of 80.

Manners Residential

On Wednesday 26 March 2014, Manners Residential pleaded guilty at Staines Magistrates' Court to displaying an advertisement board that was not displayed on the property to which it related, at Moorholme, Guildford Road, Woking.

This was in breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007.

Display of an advertisement without the benefit of express or deemed consent from the Local Planning Authority is an offence and carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 2,500.

Manners Residential were fined 800 and ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of 250 and a surcharge of 80.

Speaking about the recent cases, Cllr Ashley Bowes, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "Unauthorised advertisements are treated very seriously by the local authority, as reflected in these fines. Unlawful signs are blight on our local communities, cluttering pedestrian areas and distracting road users. They are simply unacceptable. I would encourage anyone who is considering promoting their business through advertisement boards to contact the Council for impartial advice and avoid potential enforcement action."

Anyone seeking guidance about where signs can and cannot be placed should contact Woking Borough Council's Planning Department on 01483 755855 or email developmentmanagement@woking.gov.uk