Tile company fined thousands for fly posting

National tile company Topps Tiles Plc was recently fined for committing fly posting offences in Mitcham and Raynes Park.

The company was convicted of five fly posting offences on Friday 30 April at Wimbledon Magistrate’s Court. They also admitted to having already paid a Fixed Penalty Notice last May after Merton Council warned them not to fly post.

Topps Tiles was fined £1,000 for each of the five separate offences, totalling £5,000, after pleading guilty to illegally displaying direction signs on trees, fences, lamp posts and traffic lights in Morden Road, Mitcham and Bushey Road, Raynes Park. The company was also ordered to pay £1,436 prosecution costs within 14 days. Merton Council removed 55 illegally displayed signs.

Merton Council director of environment and regeneration Chris Lee said: “We won’t tolerate fly posting of any type in the borough. Through the hard work of our environmental enforcement team, Merton has relatively few cases of fly posting. However, this offence costs us thousands of pounds per year to clear, money we would rather invest in more positive environmental initiatives. Topps Tiles was given every chance to put things right, and they neglected to respond to a letter we sent to them cautioning them in January, which is why we took court action and won. We can’t allow any company to display whatever signs they like, wherever they like because this not only creates a cluttered street environment, it can also lead to drivers and other road users being dangerously distracted.”