Planning permission for 18 Dublin billboards rejected
An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for 18 advertising panels, which were to be erected as part of the Dublin city bike rental scheme, largely on the grounds that they would endanger public safety. The signs were part of the deal between Dublin City Council and international advertising company JC Decaux to swap advertising space at locations around the city, estimated to be worth in the region of €1million annually, for 450 bicycles and four public toilets. The council had granted permission for 96 advertising structures approximately half of which were similar in size to bus shelters at 2.59sq m, while the remainder were “Metropoles”larger panels of 7sq m standing on poles two metres off the ground. An Taisce and a number of local residents, city councillors and business people appealed 24 of the council’s decisions to An Bord Pleanála.