Club promoters get heated over fly posting

Police are 'heavy-handed', they say

Club promoters and police are at loggerheads over the increasingly heated issue of fly posting in the capital.

Club promoters told the The List they feared the increasingly ‘heavy handed’ approach of the police could have a detrimental effect on the city’s club scene, with many night spots having no other way to advertise their events.

One source close to the scene suggested that an increasingly tough approach threatened the vibrant spirit and freedom of expression that Scotland’s clubs scene had long held.

Others said they feared nights would have to be cancelled if the council could not offer clubs a viable alternative for promoting their nights.

The source said: ‘It’s been a problem in recent years but it has increasingly got out of control. Fly posting is traditionally how clubs advertise themselves and in fact creates an impression of a very vibrant city if they are appreciated in the right context.

‘Increasingly there’s a real unhappiness that, during the Fringe comedians and actors fly post all over the city with little or no fallout, yet those who perceive clubbing as further down the cultural food chain are coming down on promoters harder than ever outwith the summer, when clubs need all the help they can get to encourage folk through the door.’

The latest row follows talks last year about creating a fly posting ‘zone’ in which posters could be stuck up legally. Such a zone is yet to be put in place.

Edinburgh councillors admitted last year that they were powerless to stop offenders and the Scottish Executive was urged to encourage a clampdown.

According to a spokeswoman, the official position of Edinburgh City Council remains that fly posters can be asked to remove advertisements within 40 hours.

If they fail to do so, the posters will be removed, the cost of removal will be reclaimed from the businesses involved and fixed penalty notices may also be issued to these businesses.

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