Ads for cir­cus and char­ity are torn down in tidy-up

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Sa­muel PORT sa­[email protected]­

AD­VER­TIS­ING posters have been ripped down by Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil in a bid to tidy up the town.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Health team have pub­licly shamed the peo­ple who put up pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial for Planet Cir­cus and CK9, a Chel­tenham char­ity that aims to re­home aban­doned dogs, ac­cus­ing them of fly-post­ing.

On Twit­ter, the team posted pic­tures of the posters plas­tered over shopfronts and a tree on pri­vate land.

The fi­nal pic­ture showed one of their com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers, Clive Evans, hold­ing up a large bun­dle of Planet Cir­cus posters.

The @Cb­cen­vi­ron­menthealth ac­count posted: “Our #Town­cen­tre CPO Clive has been busy clear­ing no­tices and deal­ing with fly-post­ing across #Chel­tenham. You need per­mis­sion from the owner to dis­play posters on prop­erty or you could be li­able for the cost of re­moval.”

Fly-post­ing car­ries a max­i­mum fine of £2,500 and a fixed penalty charge of £80 may be im­posed on those putting up such posters.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, this is­sue is wide­spread through­out Chel­tenham, in­clud­ing the town centre and main routes into the town, such as the A40 Golden Val­ley round­about, Tewkes­bury Road, Princess El­iz­a­beth Way round­about and the traf­fic lights on London Road by Holy Apos­tles Church.

Dan Lewis, se­nior en­force­ment and com­pli­ance of­fi­cer, said: “We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing char­i­ta­ble, cul­tural and com­mu­nity events. There is a set process to fol­low when ad­ver­tis­ing an event, which is cur­rently un­der re­view in con­sul­ta­tion with Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil.

“How­ever, when we see unau­tho­rised ad­ver­tise­ments such as fly-post­ing, we ask the event or­gan­iser to re­move the ad­ver­tis­ing usu­ally within 48 hours. If this is not done we will re­move it, seek to re­cover costs and pros­e­cu­tion pro­ceed­ings can be taken.

“The ad­ver­tise­ments have been re­moved by our town centre pro­ject team. De­ci­sions as to whether to com­mence for­mal pro­ceed­ings against of­fend­ers are taken on a case-by-case ba­sis, how­ever, in this in­stance no fur­ther posters have been put up and at this stage, no fur­ther ac­tion will be taken.”

Planet Cir­cus, which was in Glouces­ter Park for the fi­nal week of Septem­ber, said it had not re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the fly-post­ing and de­clined to re­veal who put the posters up. CK9 has also been ap­proached for com­ment.

From left, play­ers Alex Ad­dai, Conor Thomas, Josh De­bayo, Max Sheaf, Will Boyle and Dan Bowry with young fans

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