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Flyposting warning after business owner fined £150

People are being warned they could be fined up to £150 for putting posters and banners up on lampposts, railings and other street furniture in North West Leicestershire. 

The warning comes after North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Enforcement Officers issued a fixed penalty notice for £150 to a company that ignored warnings and continued to advertise illegally on street furniture. 

Officers have taken down more than 100 illegal advertising signs that were attached to road signs and lampposts in the last two months alone. 

Flyposting is the act of attaching advertising posters, stickers, signs and flyers on street furniture without the permission of the property owner.

 Why is flyposting illegal? 

  • The posters look terrible once they start to rot in poor weather
  • They give a business an unfair advantage over others that don’t illegally flypost
  • They can look messy and untidy and damage people’s perception of an area
  • Flyposting by the roadside can distract drivers or obscure important road signage
  • People often don’t take down their advertisement after it expires. 

Anyone caught flyposting can be handed a fixed penalty of £150 or prosecuted in court. 

Examples of flyposting vary but include: 

  • Advertising jumble sales
  • Business adverts
  • Adverts for social and musical events 

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said “Flyposting is an offence that might seem harmless, but if allowed to happen unchecked it results in towns and villages covered in posters which make them look untidy and unwelcoming. 

“We don’t want to fine people but we are concerned that many people don’t even realise they are committing an offence when they flypost. Please take pride in our communities and look after them by advertising through legitimate channels and not flyposting.” 

For more information on flyposting or to report an incident go to www.nwleics.gov.uk

Published: Fri 27 July, 2018

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