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Estate agents accused of ignoring voluntary ban on boards

Estate agents have been accused of flouting the rules by erecting For Sale and To Let signs despite a voluntary ban.

The Reading Chronicle newspaper reports what it calls “angry residents” who have spotted signs reappearing in recent weeks despite agreement by agents to not erect signs for fear that they may alert burglars to the location of empty homes.

"I think it is absolutely disgraceful they are being extremely irresponsible and damaging the reputation of the area” according to Peter Kayes, chairman of a local Neighbourhood Action Group - the body which, when the voluntary ban was agreed, praised agents for their cooperation, for reducing potential crime and for improving the look of the streets.

The local council is now going to meet with agents before deciding whether to pursue legal action. 

The authority says that if the ban fails on a voluntary basis the restrictions could be enforced more strictly.

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