Use of town railings for banners to be explained by council

A representative from the council’s planning department is to be invited to a meeting of Cree Valley Community Council to explain the persistent use of town railings in Newton Stewart for commercial advertsing by companies.

Last summer, questions were asked about the plastic banners cropping up on public garden railings opposite the Bank of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council explained such banners were unlawful without planning permission.

However, the banners have not been moved and now the community council would like to know why the rules aren’t being enforced.

Richard Kay said: “The council keeps saying it’s a planning issue but I’m sorry, the railings belong to the council so they should be able to do something about this immediately. If these banners cropped up on the shiny new railings at the McMillan Hall, they wouldn’t stand for it. We keep emailing about this and getting nowhere at all.”