A London council is seeking widespread powers to ban For Sale and To Let boards which it claims are seen by many “as eyesores that litter the landscape.”
Wandsworth council is to seek additional powers from Housing Secretary James Brokenshire to ban all estate agent boards from six key areas of the borough.
This follows a similar restriction on three areas of Wandsworth in effect for the past two years.
A report to a key council committee states: “The council is experiencing a significant increase in the volume of complaints regarding the proliferation of estate agent boards in parts of the borough.
“In some areas, agents are using their boards as a means of additional advertising notwithstanding if their properties are being sold or let. In other circumstances it appears the boards are being displayed for long periods of time without being removed by agents when their premises are sold or let.
“This is having a detrimental effect on the visual amenity of our streets and has prompted calls from residents for the council to take pro-active action to resolve the situation.”