Coun­cil act on road­side ad­verts

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Rob McNa­mara

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.”

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