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Stafford Council forced to take down banners after breaking their own rules

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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BUNGLING council officials had to remove banners after they broke their own planning rules the Newsletter can reveal. The banners were put up outside Victoria Park as part of an ongoing consultation process on future improvements there. But after three weeks it was found they had been put up without the necessary planning permission and they had to be taken down. It comes after the council told Stafford’s Plumbits business last year to take down 10 signs that had been up for 20 years saying owner Andy Wheeler needed consent for them and adding they may prosecute him. An online petition calling for the signs at the North Walls business to be saved raised more than 100 signatures, with residents calling the council’s action ridiculous. The authority’s signs were deemed to be too big to be used without permission. A council spokesman said: “The banners were on the outside of Victoria Park asking people to take part in a consultation about future improvements to the park. The council is not exempt from planning regulations. The banners were too big and were removed. “If we make a mistake regarding planning rules we will take action to rectify it just as we would expect any other business or organisation to do.” The council published an online questionnaire for people to give feedback to help design plans for the park over the next 20 to 30 years. To submit your ideas visit staffordbc.gov.uk/ your-park-your-vision Read more at http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Victoria-Park-improved/story-20994345-detail/story.html#RWdf40R8SMoDlbKv.99

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