Monday, 23 July 2018

Council to get tough on bill posters for events

ORGANISERS of events will be allowed to put up bill posters in Henley for a week beforehand,

ORGANISERS of events will be allowed to put up bill posters in Henley for a week beforehand, writes Jamie Presland.

Town councillors discussed a new policy at a meeting on Tuesday, including continuing the ban on signs on street furniture and the removal of those not authorised by the council.

They agreed posters and boards could be put up by events organised by charities, festivals, markets or the council itself but they would have to be removed immediately after the event.

They could also carry the letter “H” or a Henley crest to show they were  authorised.

Councillors rejected a recommendation by officers that bigger events such as the Henley Festival could be allowed to keep their signs up for two weeks.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said the bigger events had less need to advertise as they were well known.

Councillor Sarah Miller added: “We should be encouraging the smaller festivals.”

Councillor Will Hamilton said: “If we allow one then we are going to end up allowing another and another. One week should be a rule.”

Councillor David Nimmo Smith added: “What you don’t want is the town council associated with something that goes wrong.”

In March, the compere of the Henley House and Garden Show criticised the council for not allowing the show to put signs up in the town until a week before the event.

Rob Heginbotham, from Sonning Common, said the decision was “petty and narrow-minded” and accused the council of inconsistency after posters for other events were displayed weeks before they were due to take place.

In December 2014, then town clerk Mike Kennedy removed 13 signs from the town centre in a day after claims they were making Henley look “messy”.

At the time concillors complained that display signs and boards were not being taken down after events and some were attached to the council’s green street furniture, such as lampposts, which is prohibited.

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