Bid to banish lettings sign clutter from Durham’s streets

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ESTATE agents are being urged to play their part in protecting Durham’s stunning streets.

For the third year running, Durham County Council is operating its voluntary code on the display of letting boards in the city’s conservation area during the peak period for student house-hunters.

The code allows a maximum of two letting boards per agent to be displayed in the same street between now and the end of January.

Cabinet member for housing Coun Eddie Tomlinson said: “We’d like to thank the letting agents who have already joined with us to reduce the impact of letting boards in Durham City and urge the remainder to sign up.

“While we understand the need for these businesses to advertise the properties, working together we can achieve this in smarter ways that keep Durham City beautiful for everyone.”

The scheme is supported by partners such as Durham University and the local Area Action Partnership.

The council hopes that adopting a voluntary approach to the signs will avoid the need to introduce rules requiring them all to have permission.