Vote to ban election posters from lampposts!

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A BAN has been slapped on election posters in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and villages around East Dunbartonshire.

Posters were outlawed from lampposts and other local authority property at a meeting last week.

The crackdown – which was passed by 13 votes to nine – comes just weeks after the local authority introduced a zero-tolerance policy on fly-posting and sandwich boards.

Liberal Democrat leader councillor Ashay Ghai, who put forward the motion, said: “These posters create an excess clutter to the detriment of the areas we represent and pose a dangerous distraction to drivers.

“The issue with these posters is the same as with fly-posting, surely it is appropriate for us to follow the example we are asking others to follow.”

Other councils – including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh – have already banned election posters.

However, SNP councillors strongly opposed the motion, claiming it will seriously affect election turnout and smaller parties.

But council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This motion was agreed by most councillors because for a number of years we had been complaining about estate agents and businesses littering our towns and street furniture with fly-posting.

“We felt it was double standards to think it was acceptable for us to do it every time there is an election, but not acceptable for others.”

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