Islington council warns people not to attach notices to trees – in a notice attached to a tree.
This was was clearly a mistake, the actions of a junior worker without a huge amount of common sense.
Yet the incident represents a real trend – which is while community posters are being cracked down on, council posters in public space are growing apace.
So while you may be threatened with an on-the-spot fine for putting up a lost cat poster, councils are hanging more and more notices off lampposts, on bins and electricity boxes – urging you to give up smoking, drink less, or warning you about dog fouling or bag theft…
Public space seems to be rapidly becoming the private space of officials.