Council to review charge for road signage

Westmeath County Council is reviewing its guidelines on temporary roadside signs.

The environment section of the council confirmed this week that the council’s policy on temporary signage is to be brought before members for review.

This follows an announcement by Westmeath County Council in December that it was introducing a €20 fee on all temporary roadside signs, in an attempt to curb the growth in roadside signs advertising various charity and sporting events.

The council had received complaints that these signs were impeding drivers’ sightlines at junctions, and that many were being left up way after the event had finished.

However Cllr Aidan Davitt this week called on Westmeath County Council to advise whether the proper process was adhered to when changing the criteria for temporary signage in Westmeath.

He welcomed the news that the policy was now to be reviewed.

“I welcome this practical step by the council. It shows they have listened to the serious concerns of charities and sports bodies - it goes to show how local democracy works. It [the new policy] was causing alarm for charities and sporting bodies. I read that the council was going to start charging €20, so I’m glad it is being reviewed.”

The council says the old policy will remain in place until a new policy is adopted.

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