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To Let boards to disappear from Leamington streets?

Leamington Editorial 10th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TO LET boards littering the streets of Leamington could soon consigned to the bin.

Warwick District Council is considering taking action to restrict the growing number of ‘unsightly’ estate agent boards left up long after properties are rented.

Particular concern has been raised about the number advertising student accommodation.

Even the need for them has been questioned as many students go online or use university networks to find housing, making the letting boards redundant.

And concern has also been raised the boards draw the attention of thieves who target students looking to steal laptops and other valuable hi-tech equipment.

Council officers have contacted landlords and estate agents to reinforce boards must be taken down within two weeks of properties being let.

And the council is now considering further options which could see a complete ban on boards without prior permission, or a partial ban on boards between October and January when the problem is at its worst.

A number of local authorities with large student populations including Leeds, Nottingham and Loughbrough have already obtained permission to control letting signs in their area.

Coun Jerry Weber, who is among those who wants action, told The Observer: “We have over 5,500 students in Leamington from Warwick University and we have had good links with the student union there for some time, but we are aware that the amount of student property advertising is getting out of hand.

“This isn’t about being anti-student, its about keeping our streets looking the best they can. The signs have become a real eyesore to residents over the last few years.”

Councillors were set to discuss the matter this week.

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