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Traders in protest over Town Hall ban on street boards

PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

TRADERS are protesting tonight over the local authority banning their street advertising boards in London’s East End. Shop owners are meeting council officials in their campaign against tough measures being introduced to clean up’ Roman Road Market in Bow

Else Kvist

TRADERS are protesting tonight over the local authority banning their street advertising boards in London's East End.

Shop owners are meeting Tower Hamlets council officials in their campaign against tough measures being introduced to 'clean up' Roman Road Market in Bow.

The meeting has been organised at a café in Roman Road by businesses who blame the council for "draconian measures" which they say has driven trade away and led to the market's decline.

They are being squeezed out, they feel, by unnecessary parking restrictions-and now the latest blitz on display boards.

Shopkeepers are being banned from putting the boards on the pavement without a permit.

Florist Leona Rogers already had a permit but still had to remove her A-board when applying for a new permit along with a flower stand outside her Tiger Lil's shop.

"I was told to take it away while applying for a new licence because it now comes under different department," she told the East London Advertiser today.

"I haven't been able to put the board out for two days and only made £61 yesterday, when normally we take between £200 and £600 a day."

Her permit fee is trebling from £86 last year to £240.

Other traders along 'The Roman' are in dispute with the council over putting 'street furniture' out in what they claim are their own property frontage areas.

Tonight's meeting of traders starts 6pm at Bow's Chicchi Café at 516 Roman Road.


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