The Highways Department of Hampshire County Council has ordered Chris Huhne’s office to move some of their campaign posters following a complaint from a member of the public.
Up to ten of the 3 ft Square fluorescent orange billboards proclaiming ‘Liberal Democrats Winning Here’ had been erected outside Bursledon Market on the busy Bursledon roundabout where about 500 feet away and a week earlier, rival Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings had unveiled a prominent 15 x 20 ft election hoarding declaring herself as ‘The Local Choice’.
Richard Bastow Highways Manager for Conservative controlled Hampshire County Council told Eastleigh News:
“I have visited the site in person and agree that the glare from the (liberal) posters in sunlight was a potential distraction to drivers. I suggested that a number of the signs should be adjusted and repositioned. I did not ask for any signs to be removed.
I believe this was a genuine complaint.”
Chris Huhne’s office denied any knowledge of the council’s intervention explaining ‘We make posters available to supporters; it’s up to them how they display them.”
The spokesperson went on to say,
“We have had a large number of our signs systematically uprooted all over the constituency.
They are being put into bins, so we think it’s not just vandals and we have reported the matter to the Police.”
Maria Hutchings has told Eastleigh News that Conservative signs have also been removed:
“It is hugely disappointing that signs are being vandalised and/or removed. This is a free and democratic country and residents should feel free to display posters in their support of a party.
We have fought hard in this country to maintain democracy and this means, regardless of party allegiance, people should be able to express their views.”
Anyone spotted any labour posters yet?