Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

'To Let' signs a blight on the Malone area

'TO Let' signs in the lower Malone area remain up from one end of the year to the next; contributing to street clutter, adversely affecting the residential environment – not to mention detracting from the area's Conservation Area status.

There are statutory requirements to ensure estate agents remove 'To Let' signs within 14 days of a property being let, or indeed sold, but this does not seem to be the case.

Currently, there are 52 'To Let' boards in the aforementioned area, with 95% not available for occupation until the summer.

These 'To Let' boards are acting as cheap advertisements that negate the need for planning permission at low, or no, cost to the estate agents.

The cost is being paid for by local residents, as these 'To Let' boards – when not legitimately installed and promptly removed – are costing us our residential amenity, are damaging the character of the area. Let's move these 'To Let' boards on.

CONOR DOYLE

Belfast

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