Council: We'll remove Referendum posters if they're a hazard

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Council: We'll remove Referendum posters if they're a hazard
17:13 Thursday 17th of May 2018

Kildare Co Council said today that its staff will remove Referendum posters belonging to both sides of the 8th Amendment debate if they are causing a hazard to road users.

The Council issued a statement on the issue with guidelines around erecting posters.

The local authority said that posters must not block traffic lights or traffic signs.

Officials also said that cable ties used to attach posters can cause injury to pedestrians particularly children.

A spokesperson said:

"It has been our experience in previous elections and referenda that complaints have been received from motorists and pedestrians in relation to safety issues associated with election posters.  

Our own staff have also raised a number of concerns.  The main issues relate to the following: -

  • Posters that are obscuring the visibility of traffic / pedestrian signals and traffic signs.  Many of the problems are caused by posters that are erected on poles adjacent to signals or signs.
    • Posters that are below head height or resting on the ground.  These posters can cause obstructions on footpaths and are particularly hazardous to the visually impaired.
      • Protruding cable ties that are at a level that could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly children.

        "The following guidelines from the Roads Department may be helpful in ensuring that posters are not a hazard to the public: -

        • Posters should be erected at a minimum height of 2.3 metres above footpaths, cycle tracks or any area to which pedestrians have access.
          • Posters should not be erected on lamp standards with overhead line electricity feed, traffic signal poles, bridge parapets, overpasses, pedestrian bridges, or roadside traffic barriers.
            • Posters should not obscure statutory road signs or traffic / pedestrian signals in any way.
              • Posters should be securely fixed to poles with cable ties or similar material to facilitate removal without damage to the poles.

                "Please note that cable ties should be removed when the posters are being taken down.

                "Where Kildare County Council staff become aware of posters that are considered to be causing a hazard they will be removed and disposed."

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