Advertising on council property

CARNOUSTIE could benefit from a proposal put to Angus Council infrastructure services committee by the convener, Councillor David May.

He has suggested that council officers investigate the marketing of advertising rights or sponsorship opportunities relating to council owned gateway locations.

The director is requested to report back by the November committee cycle.

Councillor May said he had been contacted by an events organiser who stated that their banners on council fences at roundabouts to promote their event were against council policy.

“I discussed this with the director and found this was the case as the previous SNP administration policy, which we inherited, was that posters and advertising events could not be put on council fences, etc., was indeed council policy.”

He continued: “The Angus Alliance administration believes in supporting local businesses and organisations and it is vital that we do as much as possible to help the promote the events they are organising.”

He said that after discussing the matter with colleagues, it was clear that the issue was not exclusive to Montrose as the same rule applied in Carnoustie, Arbroath and Brechin.

The leader of the SNP group, Carnoustie Councillor Helen Oswald, said: “All three Carnoustie councillors had previously agreed with the Carnoustie Development Group that the council’s policy needed to change so funding from sponsorship could be used to enhance the entrance to the town, particularly the roundabouts at the west end.

“Councillor May’s motion was very close to what I had intended and he agreed that the matter of piloting a new scheme could be discussed a the November committee. I was therefore very happy to support him.”