Brothers discharged over illegal sign after warning goes astray
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.