Angry traders are seething after large advertising banners appeared in Windsor promoting the delights of racing.
The controversial banners have appeared on lampposts along Maidenhead Road, some of them featuring the unmistakable features of eccentric racing pundit John McCririck.
But at last night's meeting of Windsor District Chamber of Commerce past president David Jessey - proprietor of John Goodwin Menswear - said: "We were led to believe that the council had abandoned its policy of allowing these banners as a way of raising funds. We don't want huge banners advertising supermarkets or the tote."
This week the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's cabinet member for highways Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) said that the company Bay Media was 'flagrantly not obeying the law' by putting up the banners without planning permission.
The company has applied for retrospective planning permission to keep banners already displayed in Maidenhead Road, Datchet Road and Thames Avenue.
Planning councillors will consider the applications on Wednesday and are have been advised by officers to refuse the plan.
But Cllr Bicknell said it was not practical for officers to enforce the removal of the banners before then, as the authority could end up with a large bill to put them back up again if councillors unexpectedly gave their approval.
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