Illegal street advertising tackled in Warwickshire crackdown

Illegal and misleading advertising on the public highway is to be targeted in a crackdown by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards and Warwickshire Highways.

Trading Standards Officers are particularly concerned about advertising on pallets that may be misleading.

James Greenaway, Team Manager for Trading Standards, said:

“As part of our efforts to protect Warwickshire consumers, we are aiming to tackle the issue of pallet board advertisements that are illegally positioned or contain false or misleading information or claims.”

“We are asking the Warwickshire public to help by reporting illegal advertising in their neighbourhood placed on the public highway or affixed to a lamppost or street sign.”

This Easter, Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers in agreement with Warwickshire Highways will be tackling illegally placed and misleading trader advertisements, reported to them by the Warwickshire public.

Warwickshire residents concerned about a trader advertisement on the public highway, for example on the pavement, grass verge, in the road, on a roundabout or attached to a street sign or lamppost can phone 01926 414080 and leave a recorded message with details of the advertisement’s location. Otherwise report the illegal signs online at: http://tinyurl.com/wccpallets

Members of the public should not attempt to remove trader signs themselves. If the sign is found to be illegal, Trading Standards Officers may be able to remove it or ensure that the trader removes it.

More information about the work of Trading Standards can be found on the Warwickshire Website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards