poster causes council enforcement row in Highbridge
enforcement officers at Sedgemoor District Council have requested
that this "detrimental" birthday poster on an official
advertising hoarding in Highbridge is taken down.
family of well-known local livestock owner Arthur Duckett introduced
the poster over the Christmas period to wish him a happy 80th
Sedgemoor District Council has not recognised the humour. It shows
Mr Duckett and his huge steer Field Marshall with the caption
"a little man with big bulls."
enforcement officer David Crowle rang Mr Duckett to ask him to
remove the poster, even though its hanging was nothing to do with
Duckett also received a letter from Mr Crowle the next day, stating:
"It is the councils view that the adverts are detrimental
to the amenity of the area and as such will seek their removal."
asked whether Mr Duckett woud be prepared to take down the "hoardings"
without the need for formal action and warned that failure to
abide by regulations could lead to a £400 fine or two years'
Duckett said this week: "I am highly offended. I have tried
to do a lot for Highbridge. There is nothing wrong with the poster,
but I did not put it up.
poster was only intended to be temporary for a few days but its
removal was delayed by the bad weather. It has since been removed,
and replaced by one for Asda.
STATEMENT ON ADVERTISING HOARDINGS:
following statement was released by Sedgemoor District Council
spokeswoman Claire Faun on January 12th...
has had an unusually high number of large advertising hoarding
along the A38 and residential areas. Following complaints about
the number of hoardings, it was agreed that action should be taken
to discontinue the use of the advertising hoardings which are
not attached to large commercial buildings or within industrial
The only way in which hoardings can be removed is their effect
on highway safety or the visual amenity.
Many of the hoardings in Highbridge are owned by large commercial
companies and are clearly identified as being owned by those companies.
This was not the case of the two hoardings adjacent to the Highbridge
Hotel. Generally, all hoarding carry national advertising.
When a local advertisement appeared on one of the hoardings, a
vigilant planning enforcement officer telephone Mr Duckett, as
identified in the content of the advertisement, in an attempt
to find out who actually owned the hoardings.
In a telephone conversation on Thursday, 7th January between Mr
Duckett and the planning enforcement officer, SDC were given to
understand that Mr Duckett was the owner of the two hoardings.
It was explained to Mr Duckett the reasons why the Council were
seeking to remove the hoardings (not the content of the advertisement)
and that a letter would be sent to him asking him for formal information
about the owner of the hoardings. It was explained only in conversation
the two reasons (above) for the removal of hoardings. It was also
fully explained that it was not the advert, but the hoarding that
was the issue.
Subsequent information has emerged that Mr Duckett is not the
owner of the hoarding and that a similar letter asking for formal
information has been sent to the rightful owners in order to start
proceedings to get the hoardings removed."