Carmarthenshire Council signs left hanging for 12 weeks
A CARMARTHENSHIRE hotel owner has hit out at the county council for not following their own fly-posting bylaws, after signs were left hanging weeks after an event had ended.
Steve Thomas, who runs Ty Mawr Country Hotel and Restaurant in Brechfa, says the council had failed to remove signs advertising the Merlin Ride from various areas of the county more than 12 weeks after the event.
The signs have been spotted in a range of locations in the county including Crugybar, Llansawel, Abergorlech and more.
Mr Thomas said: “No-one has got objections to charity bike rides, but why have they not taken the signs down? They are for the Merlin Ride and that was 12 weeks ago now.”
The businessman said he was shocked Carmarthenshire Council was not following their own fly-posting rules, which suggests signs must be removed 10 days after an event.
“They are not adhering to their own rules,” Mr Thomas said adding that he was not happy that villages, such as Ferryside, were fined for similar offences.
“They fined the community of Ferryside and now they do this to us.”
After nothing was done, Mr Thomas took matters into his own hands and has collected 11 signs and 20 laminated signs.
“If I could have got the signs taken down I would not be wasting my time.
“It is ironic that they are making these bylaws and they are not sticking to them,” he added.
Mr Thomas said this has happened every year since the ride began, adding: “All I want is something done about it.
“All I want is for the people who put them up to take them down.”
Mr Thomas said he was also unhappy about graffiti which has been left on the road giving directions.
He added: “All my customers and tourists notice this. I am trying to run a tourism business and all I have got is graffiti and signs up everywhere.
“I have no issue with the charity, but just tidy up after yourselves,” Mr Thomas added.
Carmarthenshire Council environmental officer Michael Roberts said: “We have spoken to the organisers regarding concerns that some of the signs have been left up and arrangements are now in place for their removal.”