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Home / Latest News / Removing illegal Vote Leave and Remain posters has cost Cardiff council £3,000

Removing illegal Vote Leave and Remain posters has cost Cardiff council £3,000

Removing illegal political posters during the EU referendum campaign has cost Cardiff council around £3,000.

Ahead of the June 23 referendum council staff were tasked with removing signs from across the city.

At one point in the campaign there were a number of complaints that numerous Vote Leave signs appeared at locations across Cardiff.

Cardiff council said its staff had been instructed to take them down as soon as they saw them – as well as any other political campaigning tools spotted on public land.

At the time a spokesman for the authority said no permission for the placards had been sought, none would be granted, and council workers had been instructed to remove them.

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The signs were reported in various locations around the city
The signs were reported in various locations around the city

The official Brexit campaign in Wales responded by urging its supporters to comply with the rules.

A spokesman for Vote Leave Cymru said: “Posters and placards are an excellent way to get across the positive reasons to Vote Leave and take back control of our own affairs.

“However we would always encourage our supporters to make sure that all signs are displayed appropriately.”

At a council meeting Labour’s Dilwar Ali asked cabinet member Dan De’Ath what the cost of removing the signs was.

Coun De’Ath estimated a cost of between £2,000 and £3,000.

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PICTURE FROM TWITTER (PERMISSION TO USE): Vote Leave signs for the EU referendum have appeared across Cardiff. Picture posted on Twitter by Sarah Harding Roberts

He told councillors the authority would be trying to recoup the money from those responsible.

“We’ll do all we can to reclaim that money,” he said.

But when asked how much had been recovered so far he said it was not yet known.

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