Broth­ers dis­charged over il­le­gal sign af­ter warn­ing goes astray

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

TWO broth­ers were dis­charged by a court over an il­le­gal ad­ver­tise­ment af­ter a coun­cil warn­ing let­ter was sent to the wrong busi­ness name.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil sent the warn­ing to a busi­ness called Chart Hill Golf and Leisure.

It should have gone to Great Chart Golf and Leisure, Ash­ford magis- trates heard last Fri­day .

Grant Kay, 43, and John Kay, 39, part of a fam­ily paint­balling and golf­ing busi­ness at Bears Lane, were given a six-month con­di­tional dis­charge.

Chair­man of the bench Enid Gould told them: “The bench wishes you well in your fu­ture ca­reers.”

They ad­mit­ted hav­ing the sign up on July 9 without per­mis­sion.

Sarah Foster, pros­e­cut­ing for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, said the au­thor­ity took action af­ter com­plaints from the pub­lic.

The A-board sign, on the Great Chart round­about, was for the paint­balling ven­ture Shoot the Boss and Mrs Foster said that the coun­cil had no re­sponse to its warn­ing let­ter.

Ben Dou­glas-Jones, for the broth­ers, said: “It seems not to have got to the right ad­dress.

“If they had got the let­ter they would have re­moved the A-board.”

Mr Dou­glas-Jones said his clients were of “im­pec­ca­ble char­ac­ter” and had never been in trou­ble be­fore.

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