Council seeks Argyll and Bute election poster ban

Argyll and Bute Council is seeking approval to ban election placards such as this one for Bute resident George Lyon, affixed to a Rothesay lamp-post during the 2014 European Parliament campaign, from council buildings and street furniture.
Argyll and Bute Council is seeking approval to ban election placards such as this one for Bute resident George Lyon, affixed to a Rothesay lamp-post during the 2014 European Parliament campaign, from council buildings and street furniture.

Election posters and placards could be banned from all council property in Argyll and Bute under a new proposal by the local authority.

The council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee is to consider the idea - already adopted by several other Scottish councils - at a meeting in Lochgilphead on January 15.

The ban, if approved, would apply to both election and referendum publicity, and would cover all property under the council’s control, including roads, lamp-posts, bus shelters, grass verges, parks, and buildings owned, leased or adopted by the authority.

Anyone breaking the rule would receive a bill from the council to cover the cost of removal.

The proposed policy does state that “this prohibition does not apply to campaigning materials which council tenants choose to put up on the windows of homes which they lease from the council”.

Thinking this an error, in view of the transfer of the council’s housing stock to ACHA in November 2006, we contacted the authority for clarification, and were told the council still owns a small number of properties which are rented to workers such as schoolteachers and the crew of council-operated ferries.

The proposed ban would not take effect unless and until it is approved by the full council.