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Cavan councillor calls for 'clamp down' on those flouting signage legislation

Apr 26, 2022 17:04 By News Northern Sound
Cavan councillor calls for 'clamp down' on those flouting signage legislation Cavan councillor calls for 'clamp down' on those flouting signage legislation
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Reports or photo evidence of such a breach should be reported to Cavan County Council.

A Cavan councillor voiced his concerns over the removal of signage regarding events that have taken place and temporary roadside signage that has exceeded its term.

Speaking earlier today at a Ballyjamesduff MD meeting, Councillor Shane P O'Reilly said it would appear that certain businesses and political parties across Cavan are refusing to take down signs and posters, while others are facing fines.

Councillor Shane P O'Reilly acknowledged that a number of shows and fairs take place across the county. He added that groups of local people volunteer to go out and put such signs up for advertisement purposes but will take them down again when the date of the event has exceeded or else they will be fined according to council legislation.

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However, the local councillor said there is certain businesses and political parties who are refusing to take down posters that have no signage date displayed.

He said, "It seems there are certain categories of people who are allowed to display signage for as long as they wish.

"While community groups who have signage up for the right reasons to benefit all are being fined for missing exceeded terms."

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Cllr O'Reilly believes people who are guilty of disregarding the time scale allocated to temporary roadside signage are taking "liberties."

He described the current situation as "unfair" to community groups who are instead being fined for the very same thing.

As a result, Shane P O'Reilly urged Cavan County Council to "clamp down" on those who are flouting legislation, and made further claims that a number of businesses were putting up signs that had "nothing to do" with county Cavan itself or the wider community.

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A proposal was made to review the situation, with a representative from Cavan County Council confirming to those in attendance at the Ballyjamesduff MD meeting, that signage regarding events and roadside signage which has exceeded its term, should be taken down within a limited time-frame or else it would be deemed as "littering," with immediate fines of up to  150 or more.

He added that any reports or photo evidence of such a breach should be reported to Cavan County Council, and will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

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