Litter wardens on look out for election posters

Litter wardens on look out for election posters

There is a legal requirement for candidates to remove all posters, including any cable ties, within a week of the poll.

CORK City Council litter wardens are monitoring the city to ensure all remaining by-election posters are removed by the candidates.

Candidates are liable to be fined, if posters are found still in place.

Since Friday, a small number of election posters have been observed on poles across the northside of Cork city.

There is a legal requirement for candidates to remove all posters, including any cable ties, within a week of the poll. That would have given candidates until last Friday, at midnight, to have them all taken down.

Failure to comply with these conditions constitutes an offence and results in an on-the-spot fine of €150.

Some candidates had issued pleas online to the public to make them aware of any posters they had mistakenly left up.

However, posters belonging to at least three candidates were still up over the weekend, and while most posters are now gone, poles across the northside of the city remain littered with cable ties.

In a statement released to The Echo, a spokesperson for the Environment Section at Cork City Council said: “We have had no reports from the public in relation to by-election posters remaining in place past the statutory time limits allowed. The candidates are all aware of their responsibilities in relation to their election posters.

“As you can imagine, it is difficult to follow up on the matter of cable ties left behind, as it’s almost impossible to determine whose election poster they were originally on.”

Of the 946 fines issued by Cork City Council up to November 12, 2019, under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, 36 were for illegal advertisements or posters.

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