A local charity has won the right to continue selling advertising space on one of the walls of its building after initially being denied permission in what it called a "nasty, politically motivated decision".
Community Base, which runs a community building in central Brighton that houses 26 other charities, first started advertising on its north wall in 2004, earning it about £20,000 a year, but the council’s planning committee denied it permission to continue in February this year.
The charity has now been given permission to display a much smaller advert covering only one-fifth of the wall.
Colin Chalmers, director of Community Base, said Conservative councillors had voted in unison to block the original planning application, while every other councillor backed it. He claimed the decision was motivated by the councillors’ displeasure at a recent Green Party advert on the billboard.
A spokesman for the council said the new, smaller hoarding would be in keeping with those permitted elsewhere in the area.
"We were always sympathetic to their financial plight, but that cannot be a planning consideration," he said.