Kildare-Newbridge MD councillor Chris Pender has called on the council to engage in a comprehensive programme for the removal of illegal signage.
His adjourned motion on that issue was discussed at the councillors’ meeting in November. Three written responses were issued, the first noting that following previous motions the council ‘did engage extensively in such a programme in Newbridge’ which involved close liaison with the Planning department – both departments, including the wardens, walked the area and considered all signage, called to owners ‘where merited’ and also issued notices ‘where warranted’.
Cllr Pender was also informed that the MD office ‘agree to provide support for the removal of illegal signage however, the identification of illegal signage will be a matter for Planning and Environment departments’.
And the third response explained that where unauthorised signage is erected on private lands and can’t be considered to be exempt development under the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), the Planning authority may take enforcement action seeking removal.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Pender said that there still appears to be any number of random illegal signs popping up anywhere and everywhere. He asked if they could take another walk, perhaps with the Planning department.
Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy said that it’s something the previous council looked at in detail and that it falls between two stools of different departments. She noted that a report was done and asked that it be circulated.