Crackdown on ‘rogue’ flyposters on the roads

BCC Cllr Ruth Vigor-Hedderly
BCC Cllr Ruth Vigor-Hedderly

Bucks County Council is calling on motorists to help them crack down on flyposters who put up unauthorised signs at the roadside.

The rogue signs – which can be advertising and promotion posters as well as business display signs – have popped up attached to road signs, on grass verges and street lights around the county.

But they have been put up without the council’s consent, which is an offence under the Highways Act, and Transport for Bucks plans to tear down such posters and signs at the end of the month.

Instead of issuing a fine, TfB will hold the signs at their depot and make them available to their owners for a fee of £50, which will help cover the cost of its removal.

If unclaimed by the end of February, all remaining signs will be disposed of.

Now the council is calling on motorists to help them spot the nuisance signs and report them, as they can distract drivers, cause obstructions in the road and even injure the travelling public.

Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for transport Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said: “Unauthorised signs can cause many problems to our residents and road users, and are a nuisance to us.

“We are taking this opportunity to make a concerted effort to get rid of all signs that do not relate to the highway and have not been authorised by us, so please keep an eye out, and report anything you see that you think may need to be removed.”

If you spot any sign, poster or obstruction in the road or footway, please report it.

This can be done using the online webpage here, Twitter @tfbalerts, or the contact centre on 0845 230 2882 or 01296 382416.

Any poster or sign on the highway needs to be authorised by the council and its poster policy can be found here.