Council drops Argyll and Bute election poster ban plan

Argyll and Bute Council's deputy leader, Councillor Ellen Morton, pictured on a visit to Rothesay in February 2014.
Argyll and Bute Council's deputy leader, Councillor Ellen Morton, pictured on a visit to Rothesay in February 2014.

A proposal to ban election campaign posters from council property across Argyll and Bute has been dropped - at the instigation of the very same councillor who backed the idea seven days earlier.

The controversial idea was supported by the local authority’s environment, development and infrastructure committee on January 15 - but only thanks to the casting vote of the committee’s chair, Helensburgh Liberal Democrat councillor Ellen Morton, after a tied vote on the subject.

That recommendation was then passed to a full council meeting on Thursday for approval - only for the idea to be unexpectedly ditched without a debate.

The council’s depute leader - the same Cllr Morton whose casting vote had won the day seven days earlier - won unanimous backing at Thursday’s meeting for her proposal that the council should note the committee’s recommendation, but rather than implementing the ban, should agree to maintain the status quo.

A council spokesperson said: “It is only right and proper that, from time to time, the council considers its policies and procedures, and this is one such instance.

“The environment, development and infrastructure (EDI) committee made a recommendation for the council to consider changing the policy, however, given the range of views expressed on the matter, members decided to maintain the status quo.”