Permission for array of banners is questioned

The hanging of advertising banners in Newton Stewart has been questioned by community councillors.

At Monday night’s meeting of Cree Valley Community Council, member Neil Dalrymple asked if any councillors were aware of the rules around banners hung by such as slimming clubs on the two public gardens within the town’s conservation area on Victoria Street and Albert Street.

He said: “I’ve been asked by a few people whether this is actually allowed. I don’t think anyone has any issue with advertsing of community events such as the pageant for a few weeks at a time, but then you get these huge slimming club banners permanently strung across the railings and I wonder if they are actually allowed.”

Chairman John McNaught said he didn’t have the answer but the council agreed they would write to the local authority for clarification.

He added that he had been given permission for Newton Stewart Football Club to relocate a Commonwealth Games banner, left behind following the visit of the baton in the summer, to the new 3G pitch at Blairmount as a keepaske for the club. But he said the banner had been taken or removed before he got the chance.

A Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesman told The Galloway Gazette: “The display of advertisements is covered by the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Scotland) Regulations 1984. Many advertisements are displayed with what is called ‘deemed consent’ which means they do not require the formal approval of the council if they meet the criteria and conditions set out in the regulations.

“Unauthorised banners are assessed on their own merits following receipt of a complaint and anyone erecting a banner must have the permission of the landowner.

“Commercial organisations, such as WeightWatchers, require consent. Weightwatchers does not have this. There is an exemption for community events - banners can be put up a maximum of 28 days prior to the event. They must be removed a maximum o2 14 days following the event.”