Council act on roadside adverts
Action has been taken against 150 unauthorised advertisers since Cork County Council last year introduced a policy on public signage.
A new policy enacting powers contained in the 1993 Roads Act allowed local authorities to place a removal notice on any illegal advertising on public roads.
It includes vehicles or signs on the public roadway, footpath, grass margin, hard shoulder, lay-by, roundabout, and signs on poles, fences, bridges or flyovers. If the vehicle or sign is not removed after the notice is given, the council has the power to confiscate items, and store for six weeks before destroying them.
A County Hall spokesperson said approximately 150 items were removed since July 2017. “These were mostly unauthorised signs. No costs were recovered. The costs involved would have been nominal.”
Cllr Kevin Murphy said the policy is proving effective but he believes signage on private lands should also be dealt with as they are a danger to road safety. “The sale of cars on the side of the road is unauthorised, there is no question about that. Effectively these vehicles should not be allowed to be on public roads.
“They are considered as litter. I believe there should be a warden who is tasked with identifying these who could put signs in the car window to notify the owner that unless there is some action taken to remove the car, they should be prosecuted — that’s the bottom line,” said Cllr Murphy.
“These signs are a danger to road safety. The council’s policy has been effective so far. A number of people in my own area have been warned about signage and they are moved quite quickly.
“The policy is working. It may not be happening in all parts of the county but there is a vast improvement from what I can see so far.”