A CHARITY-RUN nursery was issued with a fine for fly posting after staff put up posters for an open day.
Woodcroft Pre-School, in Woodcroft Lane, Waterlooville, rang Havant Borough Council and were told they could distribute posters and leaflets for the event. Seventy went up.
Staff took that to mean they could put up flyers – when in fact they were not allowed to.
Days later they were visited by council officers who slapped the nursery with a £75 fine.
It was only when The News stepped in the council agreed to quash the fine if the posters were taken down within the next three days.
Manager Tracie Voysey said: ‘It was definitely a bit heavy- handed. We did not know the local law about putting up posters and misinterpreted what they meant by distributing. To a small charity like ours £75 is a lot of money. I feel they could have given us a warning rather than a fine straight away.
‘I’m glad it’s been sorted now. We’ve taken down all the posters.’
Environmental rangers said 30 A4 brightly-coloured posters were put up in the town centre and 40 more in and around the Waterlooville and Wecock.
Bob Coleman, Havant Borough Council’s service manager for neighbourhood quality said: ‘These posters are untidy and unsightly, and breach the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 on fly posting.
‘However in the interests of fairness and the fact that the pre-school were genuinely confused over the rules concerning their posters, we have spoken to the manager of the pre-school and an agreement has been made that providing the removal of all posters following the event is complete, the fixed penalty notice will no longer apply.’
Anyone wishing to advertise an event should contact the council first. Fly posting is illegal but leaflets can be handed out if permission is given, and put up at public notice boards.