North Ayrshire Council’s SNP cabinet last week agreed a legal framework covering the display of campaign posters for this year’s European Election and the Referendum on Scottish Independence.
for the European Parliamentary Election will take place on May 22, with
the Independence Referendum being held on September 18. The Council,
which is responsible for polling arrangements in the local area, is
required to publish a policy setting out exactly where campaign posters
can be displayed on publicly-owned fixtures, such as lampposts.
councillors agreed that the local authority should continue to allow
posters to be tied to lampposts and “other street furniture”. However,
Transport Scotland has ruled that no posters can be fixed to any
lampposts along North Ayrshire’s trunk road network. The transport
agency’s decision means posters will be prohibited at busy local
junctions, such as the Montfode roundabout and the Chapelhill roundabout
in Ardrossan, and the Sharphill roundabout in Saltcoats on the A78.
parties and campaign groups which fix their posters to lampposts must
indemnify North Ayrshire Council against any third-party insurance
claim, such as a person being injured or property damaged by a poster
falling on them.
The rules that will be in force during this
year’s two campaigns also stipulate that no posters should be fixed
within the boundaries of any polling place – such as the grounds of
schools or other public buildings being used for people to vote – or on
any railings at polling places. For the first time, posters will also
be banned from any lampposts or other street furniture located within 50
metres of the entrance to a polling place.
There will also be
restrictions on parking cars at the entrance to a polling place, if the
vehicles carry posters or literature advertising a candidate, political
party or referendum choice.
All campaign and political posters
fixed to lampposts and other street furniture must be removed within
48-hours following the day of the election or referendum.