A ban on agents' For Sale and To Let boards is being widened out across a city six years after a selective introduction - and at least some agencies agree with the move.
Brighton & Hove council first introduced a ban in some conservation areas in 2010, with a £1,000 penalty for agencies breaking the rules. Now the authority has extended the ban across the city.
The Conservative councillor behind the extension, Robert Nemeth, is quoted in the Brighton Argus as saying the blanket ban was required as a “matter of urgency” because of the proliferation of boards leaving streets cluttered.
Details of the extent, timing and boundaries of the ban will be revealed in the near future, following the vote in favour taken by the full council.
The debate amongst councillors included an allegation by one that boards had become a weapon used by “unscrupulous agents” to advertise themselves rather than the properties they had on their inventory. Another suggestion was that the boards were unsightly, especially in areas seeking economic regeneration.
The Argus says some agents agree, quoting Dan Lyons of Brighton Accommodation as stating: "I think letting boards look ugly. These days they are a little bit outdated when you have internet portals like Facebook and Twitter. It costs a fortune to make these boards and before you get them back you might have every third one vandalised.”