Political hoarding vandalism decried



A series of attacks on political signs around Balclutha has been called “frustrating” by Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan.

The vandalism interfered with the democratic process, he said.

“I don’t care which part of the political spectrum you lie on,’’ Mr Cadogan said.

‘‘If all you have to offer society is anarchy and vandalism, then go have a look in the mirror.

“We should value democracy and the rights of people to stand and state their case.

‘‘It’s very frustrating to see a small sector of society obviously doesn’t quite get it.”

Mayor Cadogan said he believed the sign damage was not the work of opportunistic vandals, but someone politically motivated.

“They’re picking the same party. It’s one individual I would say.

‘‘And it’s not just a drunk walking home and dropping his shoulder into a few billboards.

‘‘The way they’re smashing them up is always the same.”

In the last local body election political signs were vandalised, but not to this extent, he said.

A Clutha District Council spokeswoman said the council’s role in managing election signs was limited to allocating space to put them up.

“Once we’ve said ‘Yes, you can put it there’, that’s the end of our involvement in the matter,” she said.

There are two council›managed sites in Balclutha, two in Milton, two in Lawrence and one in Tapanui.

“We have those sites and then anybody else has to have the landowner’s consent to put them up.”