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Originally created on: Tuesday 17 May, 2011
Press release 17 May 2011
Third estate agent fined
A third estate agent has been fined £1,000 for erecting a ‘for sale’ board in a conservation area.
Cubitt and West Estate Agents Ltd was also ordered to pay £900 costs after appearing at Brighton magistrates today (Monday 16 May).
This is the third prosecution since Brighton & Hove City Council introduced an extension to the conservation areas restricting ‘for sale’ boards last September.
The council extended the area of control to within the central (residential) conservation areas of Brighton & Hove for all boards erected after 20 September; this includes much of the area between Seafield Road in Hove and Sussex Square in Brighton.
Boards erected before that date can stay until the property is sold or let.
The court heard that three letters were sent to Cubitt and West, along with every estate agent located in the city, since September reminding them of the restrictions and the need to adhere to them.
In January Council officers conducted a survey along Cromwell Road and noted that no estate agent boards were present. In April during another survey of the designated area officers noted that a Cubitt and West Board was being displayed.
Cubitt and West has now decided to remove all its boards from the conservation area.
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