Members of Dales' Residents Association with (L-R) Julie Prestland from Generation Rent, Cabinet member for housing Cllr Ann O'Byrne and local councillor Laura Robertson-Collins (second from right)
A pilot scheme to ban ‘to let’ boards in a part of Liverpool comes into force on Monday 22 June.
It follows concerns raised by residents and local ward councillors living in Greenbank ward about the number of boards, due to the fact the area has a large student population and a significant proportion of privately rented accommodation. They believe the boards are having a detrimental impact on the sustainability of the housing market in the area.
The city council has written to estate agents and landlords asking them to remove the boards.
If necessary, the council does have the power to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to prohibit the use of boards.
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said: “Local residents are concerned about the impact that the boards are having on the area.
“We have been happy to listen and work with them to take action to introduce a pilot scheme which we hope will address the issue.
“So far we have had a broadly positive and constructive response from agents and landlords.”
Kris Cargill from the Dales Residents Association added: “Some of the roads in our area have dozens of boards stretching for as far as the eye can see, and they often remain up long after a property has been let.
“We have a lot of complaints from residents because they give the impression that the area is a place where nobody wants to live, when in actual fact we are a strong community.
“We hope this scheme will remove these eyesores and make our area more attractive.”
Greenbank Councillor, Laura Robertson-Collins, who took a motion to council calling for the introduction of the ban, said: “I am really pleased that we are able to take action to tackle the concerns of local residents by introducing this pilot scheme.”
The area covered by the new zone is bounded by Gainsborough Avenue (evens side only), Smithdown Road and the railway line and includes: