Thanet business owner fined for displaying illegal sign in listed building

The owner of a property in Albion Street, Broadstairs has been found guilty of displaying an unauthorised illuminated advertisement in a listed building.

At Folkestone Magistrates Court on 3 April, Mr Julian Newick was found guilty of not complying with a council notice which required him to make the correct applications to display an advertisement in the window of the property known as The Chapel, 44-46 Albion Street, Broadstairs.

Mr Newick was fined £1,250 with £623 costs plus £120 victim surcharge.

An appeal against the conviction has been lodged.

Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services, Thanet District Council, commented that:

“Thanet District Council will take strong action to protect our heritage for the benefit of residents and businesses, now and in years to come. The heritage of Thanet is one of our greatest assets and it is a criminal offence to carry out any works to a listed building without first obtaining the proper consent. This includes displaying advertisements without first making the proper applications.”

“The council is only too keen to help support local business whatever their speciality. However, we have to ensure a level playing field for all and property owners and those responsible must act within the law.

“Ramsgate has recently been chosen as one of the country’s first ten Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) by English Heritage. Achieving HAZ status is largely due to the council’s commitment in this respect and this £400,000 five-year scheme will help residents and businesses by creating local apprenticeships, boosting tourism and inspiring more people to get involved with local heritage.

“My message to businesses and residents who want to carry out work on a listed building is to please contact our Planning Department – before you do anything.”

Further Information on carrying out works on listed buildings can be found at: //your-services/planning/heritage-and-conservation/carrying-out-works-to-a-listed-building/

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