'This sign must go!'

Dnal Nolan

Published 10/07/2013 | 15:02

The controversial advertising hoarding outside Lidl on the John B. Keane Road in Listowel. The Town Council has now ordered the supermarket to take down the sign by Thursday. Photo by Ann McNamee

A LARGE advertising hoarding in front of Lidl's outlet in Listowel is the focus of a town council action this week in a bid to get it taken down.

A LARGE advertising hoarding in front of Lidl's outlet in Listowel is the focus of a town council action this week in a bid to get it taken down.

Many in Listowel were surprised by the scale of the sign which was erected last week in the car park at the front of the budget supermarket. Council bosses in Listowel say that the sign was erected without planning permission and have given the store until Thursday of this week to remove it.

If Lidl fails to remove the sign it will issued with an enforcement notice to do so before legal proceedings are initiated. The council say it has never had any planning issues with the supermarket chain until now. Council staff brought the hoarding to the attention to town planners when they observed the sign after it was erected last week.

"We wrote to Lidl on July 3 formally asking them to remove the sign as it requires planning, giving them five days to comply with the request," Town Clerk David O'Brien said. He explained that signs exceeding two square metres require planning.

"The town planner contacted Lidl on Monday or Tuesday, before the letter was issued and we would hope the company would comply with our request," he said.

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