Council poster policy questioned

THE fairness of Kildare County Council’s fining policy on posters has been questioned by Maynooth based Cllr. Senan Griffin.

THE fairness of Kildare County Council’s fining policy on posters has been questioned by Maynooth based Cllr. Senan Griffin.

Cllr. Griffin told the 20 April meeting of the Council’s Celbridge area committee that people putting up posters trying to advertise a business are being fined by the Council while other types of political posters are not being treated in the same manner.

Cllr. Griffin said one individual was fined for tying a 300mm x 500mm poster to a fence on a business property not in the charge of the Council.

Why should the Council fine this individual, who is paying rates to the Council? he asked.

But he said some political posters were up for a month after they were supposed to be taken down after the last election.

There were 20 to 30 up on Main Street in Maynooth, he claimed. He said there is an “inconsistency” and the Council should revisit its policy.

“We should be clear about it,” he said.

Cllr. Colm Purcell said there is inequality of treatment.

“Some posters in housing estates seem to be up there for months,” he said.

He said he did not mind protest posters – he protested himself sometimes – and suggested they could be a source of income for the Council.

Questioned by Cllr. Senan Griffin on the policy of penalties for “random postering,” officials said that the Council’s environment section deals with applications for the placement of posters.

“These posters are generally requested to advertise local events.

“Applications for the advertisement of local events are generally granted but there are conditions attached regarding where they are placed and when they are to be removed.”

The committee was told that posters are banned at roundabouts because of danger to road users and that wrongfully placed posters are subject to an €150 fine.

The members were also told that generally posters put up without permission from the Council are subject to a litter fine of €150.