The Blantyre City Council (BCC) has issued a 30 day ultimatum to all its residents to remove all unpermitted advertisements from walls, trees, streetlight poles and any other structure within the City.
BCC acting chief executive officer Alfred Chanza issued the ultimatum on Tuesday following observation that some residents are fixing such posters using glue and other strong adhesives without first seeking permission from the Council.
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.
Chanza said most of the posters and other types of unpermitted advertisements are cluttered and when removed, they leave hardened adhesives that are difficult to remove.
“The clutter caused by these unpermitted advertisements detracts from the built environment and the beauty of the city,” Chanza said.
“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.”
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.