An angry Highbridge businessman has this week accused Sedgemoor District Council of hindering business in the town after he was told to remove these advertising signs or face legal action.

Russell Chedzoy of Baytree Upholstery has been told to take down the signs on the side of his property at the junction of Church Street and Grange Avenue, pictured here.

He has received a tersely-worded letter from the district council’s enforcement team stating that the signs contravene its rules surrounding the control of advertisements under the 2007 Town and Country Planning Regulations. And he has been given 14 days to remove the adverts or face legal proceedings.

Mr Chedzoy told “The council has done nothing to help businesses in this town for years. They seem to be trying to strangle small businesses whenever possible.”

“Where many want to help Highbridge, the district council is determined to prevent businesses promoting themselves and building themselves up.”

“This latest case with my signs is further proof of this. The regulations are unclear to me, yet the council is not interested in helping to resolve the matter at all.”

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