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Removal of Fly Posting
You can report flyposting on Council Property or seek further information by either:
- Use our online form - Report Flyposting or ask a question
- Contact Centre: 01827 715341
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fly posting is an illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people's fear of crime.
Fly posting is the illegal and unauthorised placing of any sign, poster or sticker advertising or promoting an event or commercial activity on any street sign, public utility street cabinets or on private premises.
NWBC is responsible for the removal of fly posting from Council property.
Public utilities e.g. telecom industry, public transport are responsible for removing fly posting from their property. Fly posting on private property, such as empty shops, is the responsibility of the property owner. We will work with property owners to try and address these problems.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove such items fixed to private property.
Community Environment Officers and street cleansing operatives employed by NWBC regularly monitors streets within the Borough for illegal signs and will remove when found. In addition, a graffiti removal team will also undertake regular inspections of streets to remove any illegal signs found, or reported by residents
Enquiries are made with the source of these advertisements who are strongly advised to refrain from this illegal activity and that any future repetition may result in prosecution.
Public utilities and private owners are notified of any complaints about fly posting on their properties with a request for removal of these items.
Under section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 it is an offence for any person to display an advertisement in contravention of the regulations. The relevant legislation is contained in the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992. Any person contravening the legislation is liable on summary conviction to a fine, currently not exceeding £2500. This was recently increased under the provision of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. In the case of a continuing offence there is £250 for each day on which the offence continues after conviction. Under section 132 of the Highway Act 1980 it is an offence for any person to paint or in anyway inscribe or affix any picture, letter, or sign on the surface of a Highway, any tree, or structure without consent of the Highway Authority. If guilty of an offence the person can be liable to a fine of up to £1000, in the case of a second offence up to £2500.
If successfully implemented, the proposed Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Bill will also introduce powers for local authorities to use fly posting removal notices, and will change