A number of Ballina businesses that had erected “Good Luck to Mayo” signs along the N26, the Foxford road into Ballina, close to Ballina town are both angry and confused that Mayo County Council this morning removed their signs.
The signs in question were located on a green area that leads into a junction. All but one sign was removed by the local authority on one side of the junction, yet signs on the other side of the junction have been left in place.
The businesses whose signs were removed say they were not consulted about the removals. Some say if they had been given an option to move their signs further back into the green area they would have considered doing so, but that there was no consultation and their signs have now been confiscated by the local authority.
Midwest News contacted Mayo County Council for comment and we are awaiting a response.
Two weeks ago when the directional road signage sign that read “Sam Maguire” was removed by Mayo County Council at the busy N5 roundabout in Castlebar the local authority said they removed it due to road safety concerns.
At that time they said “in general, signs are not permitted to be erected without permits/ planning permission.
However, for special events like the All Ireland Final, the local authority will not remove signs, provided they are not erected on the roundabout centre, or islands, and do not interfere with vision, are secured properly, and are removed promptly afterwards.
Any signs attached to road signage will be removed as this may cause confusion to drivers, and interfere with road safety.
At this green area along the N26 outside Ballina today the signs were not attached to the road signage signs - so we are still awaiting a reason for removing this group of about ten “Good Luck Signs” on the Foxford road into Ballina this morning.