Donegal County Council is embarking on a campaign to remove illegal signs along public roads.
Advertisement signs on public roads require approval by the county council in the form of a licence or planning permission.
“The issue of illegal signage… in our towns and villages has been highlighted by various Tidy Town Committees and community groups. These signs are both unsightly and hazardous for road users and often clutter up both the roads and the footpaths,” said the council’s Director of Roads and Transportation John McLaughlin.
Examples of illegal signs include advertisements tied or nailed to existing signs or poles, finger post B&B signs, sandwich boards, large billboards, signs mounted on trailers or vans as well as vehicles being advertised for sale among public roads.
Temporary signs for non-commercial local events are permissible subject to certain restrictions and provided that they do not impact on road safety.
In the coming weeks the Council will be arranging for the removal and storage of unauthorised or illegal signs which will be stored for a period of one month after the owner is notified or six weeks from the time the sign is removed, whichever is longer.
Owners will be required to make a written declaration stating they are the owner of the sign as well as being required to pay the cost of the removal and storage before being able to reclaim their property.
Further information on the Council’s policy on unauthorised advertisement signs on public roads is available on the Council’s website.Tags: