Greene King fined for "inappropriate" sign

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Greene King fined for "inappropriate" sign
Suffolk brewer Greene King has been fined by local magistrates over an AA star-rating sign on one of its pubs. Magistrates in Bury St Edmunds heard...

Suffolk brewer Greene King has been fined by local magistrates over an AA star-rating sign on one of its pubs.

Magistrates in Bury St Edmunds heard how Greene King failed to remove the illuminated advertising sign from the side of the Bull Hotel, in Long Melford - a listed building.

The company was fined £250 and ordered to pay £340 in court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a listed buildings enforcement notice.

Council enforcement officer Paul Spens told the East Anglian Daily Times he was pleased with the court's decision.

"This shows we will always take action against inappropriate alterations to listed buildings, regardless of who owns the property,"​ he said.

Elizabeth Gray, estate manager for the Greene King Pub Company, said: "We're sorry about the delay in removing the sign. It was an unfortunate oversight, for which we're now paying the price.

"We're now working to find a sign that reflects the hotel's achievements at the same time as passing the council's rule book."

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