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Lincoln Council Granted Powers to Ban "To Let" Boards

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has granted permission to Lincoln council to ban the display of "To Let" boards in certain parts of the city.

The ban will predominantly impact student accommodation areas.

The application from the council was submitted after the results of several consultation in what are perceived to be "problem areas" within the city.

Residents had claimed the boards were an unnecessary eyesore, however only 85 of the 134 consultation responses called for a total ban on the practice.

Commenting on the ban, 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 proposed total ban will go before an executive committee for final approval before being implemented on April 8.