In response to a question that I have tabled for the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee meeting on Monday the 24th of April 2017, the Council has said that it will remove pole if it is “no longer required for any signage”.
While this is a welcome commitment, I cannot see how it would now be need for signage when it has been vacant for at least four years and probably more.
I raised this issue on Kill Lane, in Deansgrange, recently, and asked that two poles near the entrance to Kill Abbey would be removed as they were similarly redundant. The response to the question confirmed that they would be removed within a few weeks, but the following week, they suddenly had signs on them.
The proliferation of unnecessary street furniture is a growing problem that is indicative of terrible waste in local government. I estimate that each of these poles costs at least €300 to erect, before any sign is added, and there are literally hundreds of them (over a hundred in the Blackrock area alone) dotted across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
I will continue to pursue the Council to act mindfully when erecting signage.