This article was published on December 11th, 2012
A Bristol resident will be given £1,500 in compensation after her council allowed a company to put up an imposing illuminated sign outside her flat without informing her about it.
The woman owns a glass-fronted flat which takes advantage of the views over Bristol.
However, shortly after purchasing the property, a commercial building nearby put up a large and imposing illuminated sign.
The flat owner proceeded to made multiple complaints to the council, but when the authority would not help her in getting the sign removed, she instead complained to the government Ombudsman who said, “The council has indicated its willingness to attempt to have the sign moved. In my view this would be the most suitable outcome.
The Ombudsman then recommended to the council should try again to get the company to remove or move the sign, apologise to the flat owner and pay £1500 in compensation for the poor handling of the situation.
A spokesperson from the council confirmed that they accepted the findings and confirmed that they, “failed to consult the owner of the neighbouring flat and did not clearly consider the effects of the sign’s illumination on occupiers of the flat.”
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