THURROCK Council is cracking down on unauthorised, unsightly and unsafe advert sites in the borough.
Recent action taken by council officers has resulted in the clearance of 30 unauthorised adverts, signs and banners, including those at junction 31 of the M25 near Thurrock Services.
The campaign by Thurrock Council’s planning team is focused on ensuring the appearance of the borough is kept to a high standard but more importantly that the safety of its drivers is not blighted by adverts which are in breach of planning controls.
Commenting on the action, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Pauline Tolson, said: “These adverts undermine the beauty of the borough – they are unsightly and dangerous as they can distract motorists on busy junctions.
“There are too many of these illegal banners across Thurrock and work continues to take them all down.
“Let this be a warning to land owners who are looking to cash in – if you sell space for unauthorised adverts in Thurrock we will take action.”
Residents can report similar breaches on the Thurrock Council website – thurrock.gov.uk/planning