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New Milton Rugby Club fun day posters branded 'flyposting' by New Forest District Council

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NEW Forest District Council said it would continue to remove unauthorised “flyposting” after posters for a popular New Milton community event were ripped down.

Matt Wale, one of the organisers of New Milton Rugby Club’s fundraising New Forest Family Fun Day, hit out at the council’s actions, arguing such material was displayed unopposed for 20 years.

But NFDC classed it as flyposting and said it was illegal under the Highways Act 1980.

Posters for the event have been put up unopposed for 20 years, an organiser said
Posters for the event have been put up unopposed for 20 years, an organiser said

Mr Wale told the A&T: “With no events over the past two years this year’s event marked an important one for New Milton Rugby Club as the fun day is a valuable source of income to support the club.

“We are hugely disappointed that our efforts to advertise the event have become even more challenging with all promotional signage taken down.”

An NFDC spokesperson responded in a statement: “Flyposting (displaying adverts and other promotional materials without permission on buildings, posts, poles, litter bins and elsewhere in public) is illegal in England under the Highways Act 1980.

“Under Section 132(2) of the Act, highway authorities are able to remove any picture, letter, sign or other mark painted, ascribed or affixed on the surface of the highway, or any structure or works on or in the highway.

“This provision encompasses flyposting on street furniture and gives authority to remove posters without notice.”

Despite the loss of the posters, the fun day proved a record-breaking success when it was staged at Ashley Recreation Ground, off Normans Way, on Saturday.

Supported by New Milton Sand & Ballast, it attracted more than 4,000 people who enjoyed attractions including live wrestling, dinosaur shows, dog shows and live music.

The “record” takings are all set to be put back into the running of the rugby club.

Organisers are set to resume planning in January 2023 for the next fun day, due to take place on 10th June.

The A&T previously reported how NFDC was apologised to the Lions Club of New Milton after removing posters for the local Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, granted a special government dispensation for the royal commemorations.

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