COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Mansfield District Council
Creating a District where People can Succeed
Issued: 22nd January 2007
Fly posting is illegal, protestors are warned
Fly posting on lamp columns, at junctions, roundabouts and bridges is not an acceptable form of advertising or protest, Mansfield District Council has warned.
The warning comes after the Council received a number of complaints from the public after hundreds of yellow 'Haslam Out' signs were fly posted throughout the District over the weekend.
Fly posting is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act and perpetrators are liable to a £75 fixed penalty notice.
The cost of clearing illegal roadside signs and advertisements ultimately has to be met by the Council taxpayer.
Now Mansfield District Council is to write to Mansfield Town FC fans groups to ask them to appeal to their members to stop protests of this nature.
Coun Andre Camilleri, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: “The Council supports everyone's right to free speech and protest, but we would be neglecting our duty to the environment if we allowed fly posting to go unchecked. If people wish to protest, there are many other lawful ways in which they can do so.”
“We are aware of the strength of feeling on this issue and when considering action tit may be the Council will be 'damned if it does and damned if it doesn't'. However fly posting is an offence and we will have no hesitation in issuing fixed penalty notices to those involved.
“The Council is definitely not taking sides on this issue, we are just fulfilling our duty as the local authority. The same warning applies to anyone posting unauthorised signs on the highway, whatever the content of the message or advertisement.”
Latest | January 2007