The Blantyre City Council (BCC) has expressed concerns over the increase of unpermitted fixing of posters in Malawi’s commercial city by some residents.
According to a BCC press statement released signed by Alfred Chanza, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the council, some residents in the city are fixing posters to walls, trees, streetlight poles, barricades and other structures using glue and others strong adhesives without first seeking permission from the council as required under Section 44 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
The statement explains that most of the posters and other types of unpermitted advertisements are cluttered and when removed, they leave hardened adhesives that are difficult to remove and the clutter caused by these unpermitted advertisements diminishes the beauty of the city.
“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”, says the statement.
The Council has also advised all Blantyre residents to first seek from BCC permission and guidance on how to display advertisements before putting up any.
BCC emphasises that any new advertisement displayed in contravention of Section 44 of the Town and Country Act after issuance of this notice shall be immediately removed without further notice.