Highway signage is for safety, not campaigns

Published
19.05.2016

Gloucestershire County Council is reminding everyone that campaign posters on highway land are not allowed, and they could end up paying removal costs.

Campaign posters on the highway distract attention away from road signs that are there for safety and other important reasons. In addition they can remain for weeks or months after they are relevant, come part and become even more dangerous.

Any campaign posters seen on highway land will be removed.

If highways teams are spending time removing campaign posters then they will have less time to undertake vital work in maintaining the county's roads. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: "Putting up posters across the highways is not allowed and is dangerous.

Legislation exists to prevent placing of signs and posters on public land and gives local authorities the power to remove them, however this takes time and costs money, which would be better used on important maintenance work."

The highway network includes roads, bridges, land adjacent to roads, pavements, signs and lampposts.  

If there are persistent problems the council will consider recovering costs, including billing the responsible agent or group for putting up the posters.

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