Council to erect uniform structures for banners


THE Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) will only permit banners to be hung on structures which are specifically built for the purpose in future.

For streamers, the council will affix iron rods on lamp posts at a standard height for them to be hung from.

MPPP Licensing and Public Health Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said the council would put up the structures for the banners at 13 locations under the first phase before the end of the year.

He said the stainless steel structures, which would be 6.1m X 3.6m in size, would be similar to a stand.

“Four to five banners can be hung on a structure,” he said after a full council meeting in Komtar yesterday.

For a start, Ong said iron rods for the streamers would be affixed to lamp posts along Datuk Keramat Road from the Gama Supermarket and Departmental Store until the Datuk Keramat police station soon.

“By doing so, banners and streamers will be hung in a standardised manner in the streets of Penang island,” he said.

He said it would cost an estimated total of RM400,000 to erect the 13 structures and affix rods to 100 lamp posts.

MPPP councillor Dr Lim Mah Hui said illegal billboards, streamers, posters and signboards should be removed.

He said those who put them up should also be made to pay for the cost to remove them.

“The council should also come out with new guidelines to control the number and size of billboards and eventually ban them.

“We can also follow good practices like those in other cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong that limit public advertising to street furniture such as bus shelters.

“This will limit visual pollution and increase the revenue of sponsors of bus shelters,” Dr Lim said.

He said the council should also reduce the size of its own signboards and simplify them to make them smaller yet clearer.

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