A LOAD OF MANURE
Entrepreneurial schoolboy wins 10 month legal battle with council over his ‘illegal’ sign advertising bags of manure
A 14 year old schoolboy who earns extra pocket money selling bags of manu michael kors outlet re has won a 10 month legal battle against a council over his ‘illegal’ advertising sign.
Planning officials at Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset, ruled the six foot by three foot sign was a breach of strict planning rules and threatened the Year 9 pupil with legal action if it was not removed.
But the plucky teenager, who has sold the manure from his father’s horse livery yard in Cheddar, Somerset, since he was 11, fought back and appealed the ruling.
He collected 1,200 signatures from local residents and submitted a petition to the council.
And today the council’s planning inspector overturned the decision after a 10 month battle.
Steve’s father Julian said the ruling was a ‘victory for common sense’.
‘It was a crazy decision in the first place, which sought to stifle young entrepreneurship with rigid application of rules.’
Entrepreneurial Steve, who hopes to be ‘the next Richard Branson’, began selling the manure from Julian’s horse livery yard when he was just 11.
He earns 83p for each kilo of manure he sweeps up, and has made a profit of almost 4,500 since he started his business in 2005.
In 2006, the Year 9 pupil at nearby Sidcot School spent 100 of his own money on the sign, which he placed between two old wagon wheels on the verge of the A371.
But problems aro michael kors outlet se in September 2007, when Cheddar Parish Council forwarded a letter of complaint to planning chiefs at Sedgemoor Council about the ‘garish’ advertisement.
Officials said the board, which shows caricatures of a farmer, was illegally placed and could also distract motorists.
But Steve, who removed the sign from the roadside at the time, spent six months collecting signatures from local residents.
In January this year, Steve also applied for planning permission but was turned down.
Steve launched an appeal which was upheld earlier this month on the grounds that the sign was not placed on council owned land, and did not pose a danger risk to motorists.
Now the sign has been put back on the verge, where it will michael kors outlet stay for at least five years.
Julian added: ‘We now have permission to display the sign for five years by which time Steve will either have moved on to something else or retired on the proceeds of his business.
‘Steve’s been doing this since he’s been 11, and we just think it’s great that he uses his time so constructively.
‘It’s taken time for the business to develop, but he’s sold more than 2,000 bags now.’
A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said it had a ‘duty’ to remove the michael kors outlet sign, adding: ‘We had complaints from at least one individual about the sign and so we had a duty to investigate it.