City of Lincoln Council’s fight against the blight of ‘To Let’ boards has been successful.
In January 2019 the government informed the city council that its proposal to ban the display of boards on certain streets in Lincoln has been given consent by the Secretary of State.
The application for the ban came after the council considered the results of several consultations with the public in problem areas, and complaints from residents who were concerned that they were creating an unnecessary eyesore within the historic city.
A total of 134 consultation responses were been received by the council, with 85 of those responses calling for a total ban on the boards.
Government has now given the directive to remove the deemed consent for using letting boards in certain areas of the city.
City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Manager, Kieron Manning, said: “In recent years, the council has witnessed a significant increase in the number of complaints about the proliferation of To Let boards in certain parts of the city.
“Any letting sign should be a temporary feature but, when signs are left up too long in areas containing high numbers of rental properties, they can begin to dominate the street scene.
“We became aware that some signs were staying almost all-year-round and this was beginning to have a negative effect on the look and feel of our streets, so we decided to take pro-active action to solve the problem.
“We are very pleased that government has listened and agreed to allow us to implement the ban. We don’t expect this to have a negative impact on the city’s rental market as searches are now mostly done online, and people who are interested in moving to these particular areas will be able to find homes to rent very easily on the internet. In addition, they can also visit and call letting agents direct for an up-to-date overview of properties available.”
The proposal for a total ban will now go to the council’s Executive for final approval before implementation of the directive can begin on 8 April, 2019.
If approved by Executive, the Regulation 7 Direction will be removed in Monks Road, the city’s West End, Sincil Bank, Union Road and Waterloo Street.