Charity banner removed

Mally Bowden. Picture: Gary Foster
Mally Bowden. Picture: Gary Foster

Promoters of a Selby charity event say they were ‘very disappointed’ to find a highways maintenance employee removing a banner promoting the event.

The fifth annual Selby Cricket Club (SCC) Beer Festival is due to take place this weekend, and SCC grounds and facilities manager, Malcolm Bowden, who has also helped to promote the event, was disappointed to find an employee from the North Yorkshire County Council’s highways maintenance department taking down a banner promoting the event.

The SCC beer festival will raise money for SCC, Selby Rughby Club and Selby Hands of Hope.

The banner was placed on waste ground at the end of Sandhill Lane, on the corner of Leeds Road, and Mr Bowden says a banner to promote the event has been placed in the same location for the past two years.

He added: “We were not aware of any laws which would prevent us from putting the banner there, and we’ve never had a problem before.”

“I understand if there are laws in place meaning the banner needed to be taken down, but it would have been nice if they could have contacted us to explain before sending someone out to remove it, especially as it’s for a good cause. If I hadn’t been driving past and seen someone taking the banner down, we would have just assumed someone had stolen it.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “There are strict regulations covering the placing of signs and banners on the public highway, to ensure the safety of both motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, these banners and posters were in breach of the regulations. The county council has a statutory obligation to remove any posters which might distract motorists.”

Mr Bowden added that his ‘faith’ had been restored after the Selby Times placed a banner promoting the event outside the Gowthorpe office, and would also like to thank Wayne Pearse who placed a banner outside his Balby Road home.

The festival runs from July 19-July 21.