If someone has lost a cat or dog, there’s a good chance they’ll dot local streetlights with “missing” posters featuring a photo of their beloved pet and a phone number.
It has become common to find street lamps and other items with laminated posters or A4 sheets tucked into a plastic envelope and tied with string.
Often times they are intended for lost pets, but companies also use them to advertise events or services.
But while that could mean that little Felix or Rover has returned to your family, or that you get a few more customers, it can also prove to be costly.
In fact, you could be fined Â£ 75 for posting a ‘lost’ poster.
Swansea Councilthe website says: âOn-the-fly display usually refers to advertisements for events or businesses that have been placed on garbage cans, street lights, buildings, etc. without the owner’s permission. They can include posters, flyers, stickers and banners.
“When the posting has taken place on private property, it is the owner’s responsibility to erase the incriminated elements and, if necessary, to prove the guilt of the offender.
“If an aerial display has taken place in a council building or room, we will try to erase the offending material.”
The council said it would attempt to contact the person before removing the posters, adding that under current laws people could risk receiving a fixed penalty notice of Â£ 75 for posting the posters.
Swansea University student Greta Vaiciunaite was surprised to find out about the rules this week after her 12-year-old cat, Louie, went missing.
The 20-year-old had put up numerous posters around Uplands and Brynmill after her cat went missing on February 19, but on Wednesday morning she received a phone call from a member of the public saying that council employees removed his posters.
The phone call was followed by a call from one of the council employees themselves, she said.
Ms Vaiciunaite said veterinarians and other organizations advised them to put up posters.
“I got really upset because after all these hours putting up the posters, they were getting ripped off for no reason,” the psychology student continued.
âThey said if more posters were posted they would report me and I could be fined Â£ 75.
“I was really upset.”
Ms Vaiciunaite, originally from Cardiff, said she didn’t like the fact that her posters were compared to those of club promoters as there was no financial gain behind them.
âWe’re not getting paid for it – we’re just trying to get our pet back,â she said. “It is not fair.
“There shouldn’t be a problem with a cat poster.”
A spokesperson for the Swansea Council said: âOur efforts to maintain clean neighborhoods and keep the city free of litter include combating the illegal display of flies and removing graffiti.
“Our experience with on-the-fly posting is that large volumes of event and business advertising posters can be put up and left, either to be torn down or to fall to the ground, adding to the problems. of existing waste.
“To help resolve this issue, our agents will remove any posted posters without permission and we will attempt to contact the person listed on the posters to inform them of our actions. In general, the public understands this issue and is happy to work with them. . us to keep Swansea clean and tidy. ”