I am writing about the removal of banners throughout the area which advertise local events.
It seems that Calderdale are sticking to the letter of the law by implementing the Highways Act 1980 Section 132(2), which states among other things that it ‘gives authority to remove posters without notice’.
Now officers have taken down all the banners perhaps they might have some time to spend looking for sites where banners could be safely put up to advertise local events, as it is vitally important that these events are advertised in the locality where they are taking place.
It is of little use putting them in designated spots such as Halifax or Todmorden when the event is in Mytholmroyd, Luddenden Foot, Midgley, or Cragg Vale for instance.
There are a lot of people trying very hard to regenerate the Upper Calder Valley but it seems Calderdale are doing everything in their power to prevent it – ie parking charges and banner removal etc. The council should be doing everything possible to help the regeneration not hinder it at every turn.
I would ask Calderdale to provide evidence of any damage, accidents or injuries that have occurred due to banners being placed on railings etc, and would ask them to furnish me with the details.
Banners have played an important part in advertising amateur dramatic performances, galas, fetes, markets, brass band concerts and a whole host of other events. For some people this is the only way they would know an event is taking place.
With various events taking place throughout the area in the run-up to Christmas I would ask Calderdale to look at suitable sites as speedily as possible, or reconsider their Draconian ideas.
Coun Tony Hodgins.