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