Tesco in Milngavie told to take adverts down

15.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Milngavie Tesco.  Cllr Eric Gotts and Cllr Jim Gibbons complaining about tesco's signs.
15.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Milngavie Tesco. Cllr Eric Gotts and Cllr Jim Gibbons complaining about tesco's signs.

TESCO in Milngavie have been accusED of ‘cynical practice’ for removing an advertising banner before a planning visit - then putting them back up again.

Milngavie councillor Eric Gotts has now asked for the council to take action against the retailer if they don’t remove the banners permanently.

At a planning meeting in September the issue of ‘unauthorised’ banners was raised following an application by the supermarket for extra signage at three separate sites near the outlet.

However it was decided that councillors should visit the area to see at first hand the impact this may have before a decision was made.

Councillor Gotts said: “Because I was concerned about the proliferation of signage at this locus, I asked for a site visit.

“It was also pointed out that there were several unauthorised Tesco signs, especially the long advertising banners attached to the railing on the bridge above the river Allander.

“Tesco was asked to remove them prior to the visit which they did.

“But after the visit in October the unauthorised banners were put back up, even though at a subsequent meeting planners decided to allow some replacement signage but overall keep it roughly the same.”

When Councillor Gotts discovered the banners had gone back up he went down to have a look for himself with fellow Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons.

Councillor Gotts said: “I was amazed.

“It would appear that Tesco has behaved very cynically in this regard and I have asked officers to take appropriate action to have the unauthorised signs removed.”

Tesco declined to comment.