Busi­nesses failed to get per­mis­sion for signs

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - LIZ BRAD­FIELD liz.brad­field@waleson­line.co.uk

BUSI­NESSES in Brid­gend have been fined hun­dreds of pounds af­ter fail­ing to gain plan­ning con­sent for ad­ver­tis­ing signs.

The dis­play of ad­ver­tise­ments is sub­ject to a con­sent process within the plan­ning sys­tem, be­ing con­trolled with ref­er­ence to their ef­fect on amenity and pub­lic safety.

In March, Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil pros­e­cuted four busi­nesses.

Pyle Gar­den Cen­tre was fined £4,000, or­dered to pay £650 costs and a £140 vic­tim’s sur­charge.

They were rep­re­sented in court and en­tered a guilty plea.

Cold Black La­bel, an in­de­pen­dent drinks com­pany, was found guilty in their ab­sence and given a fine of £990, £400 le­gal costs, £136 in­ves­ti­ga­tion costs and a £99 vic­tim’s sur­charge.

Coy­oti Ski & Snow­board which were rep­re­sented in court and en­tered guilty pleas were fined £596, or­dered to pay £500 costs, £166 in­ves­ti­ga­tion costs and a £60 vic­tim’s sur­charge.

LTS Tyres & Au­tos was found guilty in its ab­sence and was fined £666, or­dered to pay £350 le­gal costs and a £66 vic­tim’s sur­charge.

In 2017 the en­force- ment of­fi­cer in­ves­ti­gated 51 cases where ad­ver­tise­ments were be­ing dis­played with­out the ap­pro­pri­ate con­sent.

A re­port which went be­fore coun­cil­lors on the De­vel­op­ment Con­trol Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day June 7 stated: “This is a crim­i­nal of­fence and the com­pa­nies con­cerned were ad­vised that they were con­tra­ven­ing the ad­ver­tise­ment reg­u­la­tions with a caution also be­ing is­sued.

“In the ma­jor­ity of cases the ad­ver­tise­ments were re­moved.

“How­ever, where they were not re­moved the mat­ter was re­ferred to the le­gal sec­tion for pros­e­cu­tion.”

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