Rules on roadside signs could be eased for Jubilee

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RULES about roadside banners and signs could be relaxed to allow people to advertise Jubilee and Olympic-themed events this summer.

Hampshire County Council says it has received some requests from town and parish councils which want to put up temporary banners and signs on the public highway to celebrate the two major events.

So, a new temporary guidance policy is to be considered by the council at a meeting tomorrow.

Councillor Mel Kendal, executive member for environment and transport, said: ‘Before agreeing a temporary policy, it will be important for me to see that the right balance has been struck between a small, and temporary, relaxation in how we apply the rules on signs on the highway, while ensuring that in doing so, we are neither putting people at risk of accident or injury.

‘We want to support local celebrations, but in doing so we do have a duty to ensure public safety is taken into account.’

He added: ‘Normally the county council does not allow such signs on the public highway.

‘But for the occasions of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, we may be prepared to relax the usual rules.’

The proposed plans would allow banners to be put up two weeks before the event.

They would have to be removed within seven days afterwards.

The relaxation of the rules would last until September 16 – a week after the end of the London Paralympics.