The Town Council owns four Noticeboards
In Pashlers Alley, there is a three-panelled noticeboard. The central one is reserved for council notices and is locked. This is maintained by the Town Clerk. The other panels are open. They are allocated for Community notices; commercial and external notices will be taken off as very often there is little room for our own.
In Cock Alley (between the Community Centre and the Cock) there is an open noticeboard.
On the Community Centre there is a closed noticeboard for council matters.
In the porch of the Cemetery Chapel there is an open noticeboard: this is reserved for Cemetery notices.
There are other noticeboards in the Town which are controlled by other bodies: on the Town Hall and the Community Centre, the body is CHOC; in the Park, the body is the Clare Castle Country Park Trust.
Hudgies operates a cheap display in his entrance window for commercial users (including private sales).
This is a problem for every community. In Clare our street cleaners will remove unauthorised posters or notices from public street furniture and open spaces. In practice, we allow a few day’s grace for signs that refer to an upcoming event within Clare. This is a concession, not an authorisation.
T-boards and the like may be allowed in the curtilage of a property as long as there is no obstruction to pedestrians, particularly buggy, wheelchair or mobility scooter users. St Edmundsbury Borough Council is responsible for pavements; problems should be reported to them via their website.
Permanent signs are subject to the standard planning rules. Under Article 4, this applies to the street-side facades of all buildings in the Conservation area – see our Planning page.
Advertising during elections
Candidates are asked to comply with existing rules.
- Much of what is written above applies equally to elections, whether local or national.
- All outdoor advertisements must comply with five ‘standard conditions’. They must:
- be kept clean and tidy
- be kept in a safe condition
- have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land)
- not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport
- be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority
- The key element here is the ‘permission of the owner of the site’; this includes public buildings and street furniture. Fly-posting on a lamp-post or street sign is not legal.
- Election advertisements, posters and placards are exempt from the need to apply for planning permission, but they are not exempt from obtaining permission from the owner of a site. There is no limit on election signs placed on private premises, if the owner allows them.
- A-boards would be allowed provided they are within the curtilage of a building and have the owner’s permission i.e. outside a shop, but not for example on a public pavement.
Information from both the Electoral Commission (Guidance for candidates & agents – The campaign, Part 4, section p4) and Outdoor advertisements & signs (gov.uk) – pp 5-7. The same advice has been given by the Election Team for West Suffolk.
Residents may wish to report breaches of these rules to the Election Team at West Suffolk (T: 01284 757 131 or 01638 719 366 E: elections(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)westsuffolk.gov.uk). Obstructions on pavements may be reported via the reporting tools on this page.
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