Councillor attacks fly-posting for rally

A CITY councillor today hit out at organisers of this year's May Day rally for fly-posting in the centre of Edinburgh.

Recently, the number of promotional posters for clubs and gigs has dropped following pressure from local residents.

A total of 38 late-licence premises have signed up to a drive to tackle violence and drugs in city clubs, called Unight. The initiative also extends to fly-posting.

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But Tory Southside and Newington councillor Cameron Rose said a number of bright red posters have appeared in recent days, advertising the May Day rally on May 3.

In a letter to organisers, the Edinburgh Peoples Festival, he wrote: "You may be aware that there is an initiative in parts of Edinburgh which has reduced the incidence of fly-posting very significantly.

"This makes a positive difference in terms of the appearance of our city and reduces the costs of clean-up to the council and other organisations.

A large number of organisations have co-operated with this initiative. You will be aware that fly-posting, as well as being unsightly and costly, is illegal.

"Efforts are being made to identify certain sites where posters can be put up legally.

"I will be grateful if you can let me know as soon as possible if you will engage with the council officers and other bodies with a view to ensuring your good name is not associated with fly-posting and the negative publicity which it creates for your organisation."