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War on the ad boards; KINGS HEATH: Mission to clean up street 'eyesore'.

Byline: By Patrice John

A KINGS Heath councillor has declared war on ad boards put out on the High Street pavement by traders.

Coun Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem, Moseley and Kings Heath) is on a mission to cull Kings Heath High Street of the advertising boards he has branded eyesores.

But business representatives in the area are worried that sales will suffer.

Coun Mullaney said: "The situation has got out of hand and the pavement is like an obstacle course. This makes it dangerous and they need to be culled.

"I decided to schedule this for after Christmas as I did not want to affect trade, but businesses must find other ways of advertising. I do not believe boards increase sales.

"This was always part of the clean-up as we initially wanted to tackle graffiti and fly-posting.

"If we want to smarten up Kings Heath we have to do this. They are an eyesore." by traders in Kings Heath.

Coun Mullaney has contacted the city's highways department to request the removal of the boards.

The High Street is a public highway and he claims business owners are not allowed to place advertisements in the street. They can only do this on their own property or forecourts.

But the chairman of Kings Heath Business Association has warned that businesses could suffer as a result.

Stan Hems, of Johnstan's Family Butchers, said: "We pay a lot of business rates in this area.

"Businesses are struggling and that is why there are so many boards.

"We would like to put signs up at the end of each road advertising businesses.

"We have been seeking money to do this but until we get these signs, I would prefer if the boards stayed where they were."

Mr Hems said the business association was seeking neighbourhood renewal fund cash to pay for alternative advertising in the street.

Coun Mullaney said plans to remove the boards will be in place by the end of the month.


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Date:Jan 18, 2006
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