A pair of "eyesore" billboards which caused a stir with nearby neighbours in Greenhithe have been removed as more than 160 residents voiced their outrage to the council.

A retrospective application lodged by property development giant Bellway Homes sought to retain two sales signs outside of their new St Clements Way development, much to the displeasure of nearby residents.

However, this application has since been withdrawn with a Bellway spokeswoman confirming that both signs have been taken down.

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This comes as more than 160 scathing objections were lodged with Dartford Borough Council against the application as neighbours were fed up with having the illuminated signs erected outside the new homes site.

A statement submitted from the Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council called on Bellway to "be a good neighbour" and remove the signs as they have "clearly served their purpose."

It read:"Advertising hoardings in this location no longer add any value to the communities of Swanscombe, Greenhithe or Stone.

"There is no utility for the local built environment or amenity derived from their presence.

"In fact it would appear that the signs only purpose is to deliver economic value to the applicant without any proposal to share that benefit with the community?"

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It is understood that all properties at St Clements Way have been sold on a legacy scheme.

Another representation lodged by a neighbour stated that Greenhithe has lost "precious greenery" due to development and these "distracting" and "ugly" marketing signs will be detrimental to the surrounding area's visual appeal. They wrote: "They are an eyesore and should not be allowed.

"It makes the new development look cheap and the surrounding area as well."