Curb vandals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 March, 1998, 12:00am

So the billboards erected by political parties without a permit have to be removed.

Presumably, at the same time, we can expect a purge of the thousands of other billboards, posters, etc, erected all over the city and pasted on doorways, shutters, lamp-posts etc, without the permission of the owners of the premises and the utility companies.

It is high time that some action was taken against the perpetrators of this unwelcome practice. Legislation should be introduced to allow tenants to sue those who paste unsolicited adverts on their premises for the damage caused to the exteriors, and for the resulting loss in value of the properties, when they are covered in tattered posters and glue marks. Our street, Temple Street, for example, now looks like a tenement area. We spend hours tearing down unwanted literature from our entrance, only to see it replaced by more later in the day.

If the action to be taken is only against the billboards placed by political parties, the public can only view the purge as discriminatory and another attempt to curb the democratisation of Hong Kong.