Candidate signs, such as these from the lead-up to the 2019 federal election, are common in communities across Canada. Summerland has changed its sign regulations to prohibit campaign signs in a portion of the downtown area.s (Summerland Review file photo)

Candidate signs, such as these from the lead-up to the 2019 federal election, are common in communities across Canada. Summerland has changed its sign regulations to prohibit campaign signs in a portion of the downtown area.s (Summerland Review file photo)

Election signs banned in Summerland downtown

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While campaign signs are always present in the weeks leading up to elections, these signs will no longer be allowed in Summerland’s downtown core.

At the council meeting on Jan. 24, council approved a notice of motion previously presented by Coun. Doug Holmes, banning election signs along Main Street and along the portion of Victoria Road between Wharton Street and Jubilee Street.

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Holmes said the campaign signs detract from beautification efforts that have been made in Summerland’s downtown

“Random placement of election campaign signs can detract from the planning, landscaping and maintenance efforts that go into ensuring an aesthetically pleasing downtown core,” he said. “We put a lot of effort into making sure our downtown looks nice year-round.”

He said Summerland has around 150 kilometres of roads, allowing plenty of locations for candidates to display their campaign signs.

The next municipal election for a mayor and six councillors will be held Saturday, Oct. 15.

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