Crackdown on illegal advertising in Thanet

A crackdown has begun in an area of Kent to stop illegal advertising on boards, signs and parked vehicles.

Thanet District Council is taking the action at Westwood Cross because of complaints from residents and concerns the adverts could distract drivers.

It said businesses needed its consent to advertise anywhere other than their own premises and failing to do so was classed as anti-social behaviour.

As well as boards, parked cars were also being used for adverts, it said.

'Clutter the area'

The authority said if firms failed to get consent, it could fine the business being advertised for every day the advert was left up.

If nothing was done, the authority said it could take the adverts and destroy them.

Cars bearing adverts which are parked for long periods of time were also part of the clamp down.

Councillor Simon Moores said: "We are receiving complaints about both types of illegal advertising and we are determined to do something about them as they are starting to clutter the area."

He said the action was only intended for businesses advertising illegally and did not apply to local or charitable events.

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