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York Takeaway Fined For Digital Sign

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8:07am 12th November 2013
(Updated 12:33pm 11th February 2014)

City of York Council has successfully prosecuted a fast food takeaway in York after they were found guilty of illegally placing signage on their building without consent.

Chico’s takeaway on Bridge Street placed two moving digital signs on the front of the building without any advertisement regulations or Listed Building consent, say the council.

As a result the owner, Ibrahim Akdemir, was found guilty at York Magistrates on Thursday 7 November and fined £3,200 which included two listed building offences (fined £750 on each), two advertising regulation offences (fined £500 on each) and a surcharge of £120.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “York has a strong heritage and it’s vitally important that we protect our listed buildings and take action against anyone who feels they can flout the law and place illegal and harmful signage on their buildings. This case sends out a strong message that the courts will back the council in taking  taking  action against illegal and unacceptable advertisements in the city .”

All offences related to the two back illuminating signs on the North Street and Bridge Street sides of the take-away have asked to be removed and placed behind the windows. The Magistrates also underlined to Mr Akdemir that the fine would continue at £100 per day if the digital signs were not removed.

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