The Blantyre City Council (BCC) has ordered a sweeping removal of existing unpermitted advertisements posters from city utility street poles, walls, trees and any other structure within the commercial capital within 30 days.
The city authorities have expressed concern of abuse to the City’s environmental guidelines assome residents are fixing such posters using glue and other strong adhesives without first seeking permission from the Council.
BCC acting chief executive officer Alfred Chanza said anyone wishing to place such adverts is required to seek permission from BCC as stated under Section 44 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
“The Council, in line with Section 45 of the Town and Country Planning Act, hereby gives a 30 day notice to all residents of the city to remove all unpermitted advertisements from walls, trees, streetlight poles and any other structure,” he said.
According to Chanza, any new advertisement displayed in contravention of Section 44 of the Town and Country Act will be removed without further notice, and with costs.