Unauthorised posters displayed on lighting columns and pedestrian guard railings across the borough will be removed, Richmond Council has said.

There has been a rise in the number of complaints regarding posters and flyers appearing on street furniture around the borough.

The council has looked to reassure residents that it has powers under section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 to remove unauthorised adverts attached to highway structures such as lighting columns, pedestrian guard railings.

Councillor Martin Elengorn said: “We have received a number of complaints regarding the rise in fly-posters on street furniture around the borough.

"We can remove these unauthorised posters if we see them.

"Any local group or charitable organisation who wishes to display a poster will still need permission and is encouraged to apply online.”

Local groups, charities, cultural, social or educational organisations are able to get permission to display their posters, by applying online.

Posters displayed on private property (including shops) are permitted, as long as they have the permission of the owner of the land.