The Gym Group Plc and Quantum Park Homes Ltd fined

THE owners of a gym and holiday lodges have been fined a combined total of £2,250 for aerial display.

The Gym Group Plc, which runs a gym in the Victoria Retail Park, off Wingfield Way, Beverley, has been sued by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for four offenses of unlawfully erecting banners and signs in the area .

Quantum Park Homes Ltd has been taken to court by council for unlawfully erecting five retirement lodge advertising boards in York.

Both cases took place at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on April 7 and were conducted in the absence of the defendants.

Street scene enforcement officers at the council found four illegal signs advertising the Gym group in Beverley between October 2021 and February this year, the court heard.

One banner was found on street furniture in Beverley Road, Willerby, another on street furniture in Walkergate, Beverley. They found a sign attached to a signpost on Lord Roberts Road and another attached to a lamppost on Hillcrest Drive, both in Beverley.

All four were evacuated by officers.

The Gym Group PLC, of ​​Addiscombe Road, Croydon, was found guilty of aerial display by Beverley magistrates and fined £250 for each breach, making a total of £1,000.

The company was also ordered to pay £427.78 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £100.

The court heard council street scene enforcement officers discovered five illegal signs advertising Oakwood Retreat Lodges in York.

They had been fixed to the lampposts on Shiptonthorpe roundabout between August 31 and October 6, 2021.

Quantum Park Homes Ltd, of Towthorpe Lane, Towthorpe, York, was found guilty of five aerial billboard offenses and was fined £250 for each sign, making a total of £1,250.

The company was also ordered to pay £369.77 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £125.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council reminds businesses and residents that placing signs on motorway land without council permission is a criminal offense under the Motorway Act 1980.

Unauthorized roadside advertising can annoy, annoy or endanger motorists, and even contribute to road accidents due to driver distraction.

The council can issue a fixed fine notice of £150 for each illegal sign or poster, or if a case is heard in court, anyone found guilty of overhead billboards could be fined up to £2 £500.

Council will remove all signs and costs may be recovered from officials.

Paul Tripp, Street Scene Services Manager at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘Our officers will investigate and remove any illegally posted signs on the motorway, and we will prosecute wherever we can as signs such as these could constitute a major danger for motorists. »

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