Estate agents go overboard
Estate agents Priors and Mishon Welton have each been fined £1,000 for erecting for sale and to let boards in conservation areas, with costs of £480 and £1,200 respectively.
These were the first prosecutions after a new council regulation banned boards in:
- The Cliftonville Conservation Area
- Denmark Villas Conservation Area
- Willett Estate Conservation Area
- The Drive Conservation Area
- The Avenues Conservation Area
- Brunswick Town Conservation Area
- Montpelier and Clifton Hill Conservation Area
- West Hill Conservation Area
- North Laine Conservation Area
- East Cliff Conservation Area
- College Conservation Area
- Kemp Town Conservation Area
Boards were banned from 20 September last year. While boards erected before that date could stay until the property was sold or let, new boards are not allowed. To their credit, estate agents Brices voluntarily removed all their boards before the ban.
Both Priors and Mishon Welton were sent letters by the council reminding them of the restriction but they failed to comply until taken to the Magistrates’ Court.
For a full list of all streets affected by the ban and to contact the council’s conservation team if you spot a new board in the restricted areas, please visit Brighton & Hove Council’s estate agent boards page.
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