An estate agent has squashed fears that a historic monument in Watford is being sold after a sign was placed outside.

The bogus 'for sale' board beside the Sun Clock Tower in Ascot Road, purporting to be linked to Dey King & Haria Estate Agents, was last seen by a resident on Monday, May 8.

They told the Watford Observer they first noticed it on April 29, adding: “It looks like it has been professionally secured. It’s upright and attached with a wire.

“You would need a ladder to get into that space, it hasn’t just been thrown over the fence.”

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However, in emails between the woman and Dey King & Haria, the estate agent wrote: “Someone has moved one of our boards from a house and placed it there. Sorry we will get it collected.”

It is not known if the sign has now been removed. The estate agent has been contacted for confirmation. 

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Disputes over the site have been raging for some time now. In 2021, plans to demolish the 1930s tower were rejected after more than 200 objections were made.

The mayor and Watford Borough Council were also accused of putting fencing around it without planning permission, but WBC said it had been done legally under permitted development rights.