STUNNED Scouts have fallen foul of a new ‘zero tolerance’ approach to unauthorised advertising in East Dunbartonshire.
Organisers at 1st Lenzie Scouts recently invested £95 in a banner to advertise their regular fundraising coffee mornings.
But the banner vanished just days after it was put up on railings near the Scout Hall, in Millersneuk Road.
A spokeswoman for 1st Lenzie Scouts said: “We put it up on the Tuesday then when I drove past two days later it was gone.
“We thought it had been stolen and couldn’t believe anyone would do such a thing.
“Then somebody suggested we call the council and it turned out they had taken it down.
“We couldn’t believe it - we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. They didn’t contact us and had we not called them immediately the banner could have ended up in the bin.”
A council crackdown was announced on unauthorised banners introduced in August.
Community groups and charities can still advertise events and services, but must apply in writing to the council for permission.
David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “We were pleased to work with the Lenzie Scout group to resolve this issue and make them aware of how to apply for an exemption for the advertising of events for community groups and charities at identified locations for an agreed time period.”
The banner exemption application form for community groups and charities can be downloaded from the council’s website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Alternatively you can call 0300 123 4510.