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Amol Rajan is Assistant Editor on the Comment desk at The Independent. He was previously a news reporter and Sports News Correspondent, and writes columns for The Liberal and The Salisbury Review.

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What Councils do

Posted by Amol Rajan
  • Wednesday, 15 April 2009 at 03:51 pm

Read any material from the Taxpayer's Alliance recently?

Fancy a career in the public sector?

A press release drops into my inbox from Newham Council.  And see below for the offending signs.

 

Oriental Grill gets fried for illegal signage

A high street business has been heavily fined for breaching Newham Council’s advertising regulations.

The owners of the East Ham business, The Oriental Grill, the freeholders of the property, the managing agents for the freeholders and Adrenalin Advertising were all prosecuted by the council for their parts in installing and failing to remove the unsightly signage at 135a High Steet North.

In late 2007, the council were alerted to two large advertising banners erected illegally on the side of the building advertising the food available from the property.

Despite numerous warnings from the council the building owners failed to remove the signs until January 2008 when they replaced the two signs with another illegal sign.

The Stratford Magistrate’s Court found all parties guilty and fined Oriental Grill owner, Mohammed Ali £1,000 and ordered he pay £1,000 costs. Adrenalin Advertising was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £750 costs while Jaybee Limited and Golfrate Property Management were both fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,035 costs.

Executive member for public realm, Councillor Ian Corbett, said: “These regulations are in place to stop illegal signs from cluttering up the High Street.

“The council will continue to take action against any business who breach these guidelines in order to protect and improve the borough’s image.”



 

Comments

What Councils Do
robred wrote:
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 at 07:39 pm (UTC)
Obviously waste public money, what a shower of dickheads, the site is obviously semi industrial, and the owner was not defacing any listed building; so why the fuss? perhaps Councillor Corbett should be fined for being a twonk.
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