Welwyn Garden City store facing prosecution over “harmful” sign

A SHOP is facing prosecution over its illegal advertising signs.

Welwyn Hatfield Council is considering taking legal action against the owners of Costcutter in Howardsgate, WGC, to remove signs that were erected without planning consent.

The store – which also incorporates the post office – features a plastic Costcutter fascia which spans almost the full-length of the shop front, as well as a light box with the words “off licence” written on it.

The shop is located in a conservation area, and according to officers, the advertisements “have a significant harmful impact on the area”.

Members of the council’s planning control committee will discuss whether to prosecute the shop owners under the Town and Country Planning Act at a meeting tonight (Thursday).

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If the decision is approved, Costcutter will have one month to remove the signs.

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