The removal of flyposting is costing ratepayers in Belfast more than £250,000 a year.
The shock figure has led to calls for owners of buildings to take responsibility and prevent the “scourge” destroying the appearance of the city.
City traders have also hit out at the DOE Planning Service who they say have “failed to tackle it”.
Belfast City Centre manager Andrew Irvine said it was time to “enforce the law”.
“A lot of the flyposting is done on behalf of nightclubs and other entertainment venues as part of their advertising. But they don’t seem to care where the posters go up and what damage is done to the street furniture in Belfast,” he said.
“At a time when so many people are doing their best to make our capital city look good, these businesses are actually making it look very tatty.”
Mr Irvine said it costs the city more than £250,000 a year to remove the stickers and posters stuck on lamp-posts, road traffic signs, ATMs and the new copper masts in Donegall Place.
“We must stop this practice and the owners of the venues must take responsibility for wasting ratepayers’ money and for destroying the appearance of the city,” he said.
“Flyposting is a scourge on the city of Belfast. The organisation with the legal muscle to deal with this problem is the DOE Planning Service but they have failed to tackle it.
“It is now time they stepped in on behalf of the traders and business people of Belfast and actually enforced the law.” Mr Irvine said Belfast city centre has had a £28m capital investment through the Belfast Streets Ahead projects.
He added that private sector businesses in the city centre have invested substantially to manage the city’s public spaces and make the city safer.
This has included:
- £105,000 to fund Belfast City Centre Management.
- £100,000 annual to City Centre Beat Police.
- £90,000 annually to marketing the city.
“Within the above management costs, Belfast City Council, DSD, Belfast City Centre Management, DRD Road Service and private sector companies such as BT and Adshell are having to spend a combined £250,000 each year to remove flyposting,” said Mr Irvine.