2015 Tidy Towns Competition

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The National Tidy Towns competition begins on the 1st of June and runs until September. The Swinford Tidy Towns Clean Street League which is sponsored by Tesco will also begin on June 1st. We are asking all households and businesses to help us out and keep outside your premises clean. Please pick up any litter including cigarette butts and clear any weeds. Help us to improve on all the great work that’s being carried out in recent years. You can view Swinford’s competition reports from previous years in our Results Archives section.

We are asking all parties to please remove all the posters that were erected around town for the recent referendums, including the the cable ties which are litter. By law, these posters have to be removed no later than 7 days from polling day by law, which will be this Friday the 29th of May.

From the Department of the Environment;

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Litter Law

Q. How many days before a referendum can posters be erected?

A. Referendum posters can be displayed from the date on which the Minister makes the polling day order appointing the day on which the referendum shall be held.

Q.  How many days after polling day do posters have to be removed?

A.  Posters must be removed within 7 days of polling day.

Q. Can local authorities remove posters?

A.  Section 20 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 gives local authorities powers to serve notices on occupiers of property, visible from a public place, to remove advertisements, if it appears to the local authority that it is in the interests of amenity or of the environment of an area to do so.

Q. What penalties are in place for breaches of the legislation governing election/referendum posters?

A.  The responsibility for enforcement of litter law lies with the local authority. Any election/referendum posters in place before or after the stipulated timeframe are deemed to be in breach of the legislation and are subject to an on-the-spot litter fine of 150 euro. Local authorities are also responsible for the removal of posters which constitute a hazard to either pedestrians or road users. Complaints about such posters should be made directly to the appropriate local authority stipulating their exact location to enable local authorities arrange for their removal.


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