Hiding behind a poster

Gerry Lynch and Conall McDevitt have both noted on Facebook (with glee in Conall’s case) that the SDLP are ‘first out of the traps’ with their election posters.

Perhaps there is some naivety going on from the SDLP as electoral guidance is quite clear?

Bill posting is controlled by the DOE under The Planning (Control of Advertising) Regulations (Northern Ireland)1992. At elections planning permission is deemed to have been given to election posters subject to them not obstructing road traffic signs, interfering with private property etc. DOE Planning Services, will write to the various political parties on this matter.

Any election posters being displayed at present are breaking planning legislation, no permission is in place as the election has not been called – so far only the SDLP are proudly admitting their rejection of the law.