Burnham-On-Sea cafe owner attacks council over signage court case
Burnham-On-Sea cafe owner has criticised Sedgemoor District Council
for taking him to court after he put up a street sign promoting
Holman, who runs the fish and chip shop Brit Chips in Adam Street,
has been prosecuted for using a mobile advertisement.
Deane Magistrates, after a written guilty plea, have handed him
a fine of £135 plus a £30 victim surcharge fee and
costs of £75.
says he is unhappy that Sedgemoor District Council brought the
case against him when, he claims, many other traders are flouting
"Many other businesses in Burnham with similar advertisement
signs have not been prosecuted," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
are hundreds of similar signs throughout Burnham and the district
and the council is not taking any action, so it feels unfair."
sign was not putting anyone in danger. If it is right for the
Council to take action against me, why not against all other businesses?"
sign was in place at the corner of The Esplanade and Adam Street
near his shop.
a council spokeswoman has this week defended its approach, telling
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Sedgemoor District Council will continue
to support all businesses within the district trying to ensure
a fair, even-handed and common sense approach to advertising legislation."
in relation to the control of advertising is only used as a last
resort when other methods of control have failed."
District Council try and ensure fairness for all businesses within
the area and will continue to do so."
proceedings were brought under S224 of the Town & Country
Planning Act 1990 and regulations 4 & 30 of the Town &
Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations