A LARGE sign erected more than five years ago to advertise new homes in Inverness is still in place despite all the homes being built and occupied for some time.
Now fed up neighbouring residents want the sign taken down, claiming it is an eyesore and a road safety hazard.
The double-sided metal sign at Slackbuie is situated behind the Asda supermarket off Sir Walter Scott Drive, and residents have complained to local councillor Duncan Macpherson.
He said: “I was contacted by constituents in the Slackbuie area of Inverness South to have this out-of-date sign removed.
“They have described it as an eyesore, and an obstruction to visibility of traffic on this busy road. As it is now several years old and has been up for more than seven years, it’s no longer relevant in its current role.”
Cllr Macpherson has contacted Anderson Shaw & Gilbert, solicitors who are named on the sign to request its removal, and also the developer, McGinnis Group, at its Northern Ireland headquarters in Belfast.
It confirmed it no longer has commercial interests in the Inverness area, and therefore has no further use for it.
Cllr Macpherson added: “I’m sure the eight metal panels that make up this double-sided sign are valuable to a sign makers and could be re-skinned for future use, so it is fully recyclable.
“It is across the road from a new Tulloch Homes development site, and residents are frustrated by a proliferation of signs around this area.”
In his letter to the solicitors and the former developer, Cllr Macpherson wrote: “If the land that it is situated on is not to be further developed, then could we have it removed please, or if that piece of land has been sold to another developer, then can we have their details, to enable us to take the relevant action.”
He also copied the letter to Highland Council’s senior roads manager so that he is aware of the situation.
Fred Kelly, director of Anderson Shaw & Gilbert, said that they did not have any communication from the residents about the sign.
He said: “It is not our sign. We did not put it up and our name is on it because some developers like to have a point of contact locally on their signs.
“We have been in contact with our client, McGinnis Group, asking them if they can arrange for it to be taken down, but have not heard back from them yet.
“We are reluctant to take it down ourselves, because it is not our sign and if we did take it down, there would be a question over whether we were paid to do so.
“We are asking them if they will be happy for a contractor to take down the sign. I think if they are able to get someone else to remove it that might be the best way of doing it.”
Mr Kelly said the last home in the 30-house development sold at the end of last year.