Firm ordered to pay £1,763 over fly-posting

One of the fly-posting signs advertising the Mistletoe Fair.
One of the fly-posting signs advertising the Mistletoe Fair.

A company director has been ordered to pay £1,763.50 after his firm illegally put signs up across the East Riding, including around Market Weighton and Pocklington, advertising a Christmas event.

Paul Leonard, director of Cottage Industrys Ltd of Ings Lane, Dunswell, had a significant number of advertising boards placed on the public highway without permission in October last year to promote a Mistletoe Fair at Beverley Racecourse.

Mr Leonard pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to fly-posting when he appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 21 February.

The firm was fined £1,000 and was ordered to pay £763.50 costs.

The court heard streetscene enforcement officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council spotted a number of large signs advertising the Mistletoe Fair had been placed on roadside verges at various major junctions and roundabouts across the area.

Officers contacted Mr Leonard on October 30 last year. They warned him he was committing an offence and gave him the opportunity to remove the signs.

But the firm failed to take away many of the boards by a given date and 44 of the signs had to be removed by council officers.

Mike Featherby, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “We will act to investigate any signs put up on the highway without permission as they could be a hazard to motorists.”

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