A CLAMPDOWN on illegal signage is being carried out by Cork City Council from February 1 following what City Hall called a “notable increase” in the issue.
The council has warned that fines of €150 will be issued for illegal signage.
In a statement, the council outlined that under Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, a person who is not the owner, occupier or person in charge of any structure or other land (including doors, gates, windows, trees, poles or posts that are in or are visible from a public place) shall not exhibit or cause to be exhibited thereon any article or advertisement.
Michael Sheehan from the City Council’s Waste Enforcement and Cleansing Operations Unit said: “We would like to remind all individuals, businesses, political groups, estate agents, sporting clubs/associations and schools of the provisions of Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 with regard to illegal postering.
“There has been a noticeable increase in the frequency and volume of illegal signage across the city.
“These signs detract from the amenity of the areas that they are erected in and often are erected in such a manner as to create a hazard for both vehicular traffic and for pedestrians.”