Jeremy’s bright yellow poster – which was put up Easter Monday – reads, “No to the airfield development at Long Marston.”

It’s positioned in his driveway in High Street, Welford and it’s his way of expressing what he describes as his “democratic right to object to the possible development of 3,500 new homes at Long Marston.”

But he’s been told in a letter from the district council’s planning enforcement officer to remove the poster because it, “constitutes a breach of planning control for which advertisement consent is required.”

The council also says in its letter to Jeremy that the poster, “harms the visual amenity and the advertisement should be removed forthwith.”

A comment Jeremy finds laughable because he reckons the possible construction of 3,500 new homes and the increased traffic they will bring to Welford is more of a threat to the conservation area he lives in than his poster.

He says it’s designed to make people think and it’s his way of urging the 30,000 drivers that pass his house each month to say “no” to the Long Marston development as well.

“I’m wondering who reported this to the planning enforcement officer? Are we now living in a stasi state? All I want to do is express my opinion! I think double standards are in operation here. Do the district council tell estate agents to take their posters and signs down surely these constitute more of an advertisement than my poster!”

The Herald was not able to establish what the district council’s policy was toward estate agent signs nor did the council wish to comment on what it said were “current cases.”  Therefore there is no council comment to report on Jeremy Mansfield’s poster.

However, the council’s letter does state: “Under s. 224 Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 it is an offence to display an advertisement other than in accordance with the regulations. It is the practice of this council to take formal enforcement action against unauthorised advertisements.”

For the time being Jeremy’s adamant his poster is staying put.