UK Liberty


Posted in control freakery, law and order by ukliberty on May 27, 2008

The Guardian:

After two weeks, and desperate to help the homesick pet, the former secretary printed 12 laminated, A5-sized posters. Tracey tied them to lampposts near her home in Denton, Greater Manchester, advertising her telephone number and asking for help for the lost animal. A day later uniformed council patrollers spotted the offending ads.

Tracey had fallen foul of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992, Clauses A, B and F, and Tameside council was determined to enforce the rules. She was telephoned from the council offices and ordered to remove the posters.

“He said while he sympathised, it was an offence, and told me to remove them all from the Denton area or face a hefty fine,” Tracey said. “I was up on the ceiling for five minutes. You just try to do the right thing. The world is going potty with petty officialdom. As long as I can remember, lost pets have been advertised on lampposts.”

Tameside council said it was simply enforcing the rules on flyposting.

Just following orders.

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