Letting agencies in Bangor have agreed to remove ‘To Let’ signs from properties in the city after concerns had been raised that the signs made the streets look cluttered and untidy.

Dafydd Hardy, Varsity and Williams and Goodwin letting agencies have all agreed to remove the signs from properties and Gwynedd Council are approaching all other letting agencies with boards that are still up, asking them to follow suit with the ‘gentleman’s agreement’.

The council believe that over 600 ‘To Let’ boards will be removed in total, when all the signs have been removed from houses of multiple occupancy and student lets. One of the main issues was that the signs stayed up outside houses, even when people where living in them. The majority of houses are actually occupied despite the signs giving the impression otherwise.

The move has been achieved through the work of the Bangor Image Group (compromised of councillors, housing agencies, estate agents, and Gwynedd officers) who aim to address waste and untidiness issues in the City. It was generally agreed at one of the meetings that students now do their ‘house hunting’ online; so removing the signs would really have no impact on occupancy.

A spokesperson from Bangor City Council said: “This is a great result and will vastly improve the appearance of the City. Thanks go to Gwynedd Council officers for their help in this matter and the Agencies for their goodwill and co-operation.

“This is a fine example of us all working together to achieve something tangible on the ground.”