St Albans man fined for fly-posting

ILLEGAL fly-posting in the city centre conservation area landed a St Albans man with a fine and an order to pay council costs.

Adam Shilston pleaded guilty to two offences of illegal fly-posting at traffic lights at the junction of Victoria Street and St Peter’s Street in St Albans when he appeared before Watford Magistrates Court.

A further allegation of illegal fly-posting at the junctions of Harpenden Lane and the A5183 was withdrawn.

The signs were displayed without advertisement consent having been obtained from the Council as the Local Planning Authority. The consent of the Highway Authority to display adverts on street furniture was also not obtained.

The prosecution related to posters of events at Batchwood Night Club for which Mr Shilston was the promoter. He was spotted putting up the flyers by a council contractor.

He was fined �135, ordered to pay prosecution costs of �220 and a �15 victim surcharge.

Cllr Teresa Heritage, the district council’s planning and conservation portfolio holder, said: “We will always seek to prosecute people who we find illegally fly-posting. Fly-posting without consent is illegal, looks unsightly, spoils the environment for other people and costs tax-payers’ money to remove.”