… or “Quis Custodet Ipsos Custodes?”
SCOTLAND’S largest local authority yesterday unveiled its latest weapon designed to stop the menace of illegal flyposting which costs thousands of pounds each year to clear up.
Flyposting can carry a hefty fine and recently Glasgow City Council has reported venues whose names appear on illegally posted bills to the licensing board. Warnings and sanctions, such as the scrapping of late entertainment licences, can then be handed down.
GLASGOW’S clean-up squads are tackling illegal bill posters with a little creative vandalism of their own.
Council staff have started painting out illegal adverts which make the city look run down, to ensure the companies who produce the ads are just wasting their money.
And the city’s litter wardens are cancelling illegal ad sites by pasting up stickers over unlicensed ads.
It can take 45 minutes to remove just one poster and often scraps of paper are left behind.
Here is an example of that Scheme at work.
The Clean Glasgow Charters set out exactly how we can all play our part in helping to tackle environmental problems like litter, graffiti, fly-posting and fly-tipping. Also, the Clean Glasgow Charters outline what Glasgow City Council will do to support the organisations that sign up.
Y’know, I don’t think I’d be as infuriated by this vandalism, which has appeared on most (but oddly, not all) of the front doors in my neighbourhood:
… if it wasn’t only the same Council, but the same fucking department (note the “Clean Glasgow” logo at the bottom*; the very same Programme under which the anti-flyposting Charters are issued).
I have, of course, done my civic duty and reported the incident.
*With the sinister slogan “it’s (sic**) our city – play your part” (my emphasis).
**I don’t really mind a complete absence of capitalization for design purposes, but the Cooncil’s policy appears to be to throw them in at random.