A COUNCIL election candidate has slammed official orders from Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) to take down his corflutes as "petty", while another has flatly refused to do it.
Candidates were asked to remove the election posters when the local government election date was pushed back once again until December due to the pandemic.
Dozens of election signs - made of plastic corflute material - were scattered across the city, in anticipation of a September local government contest.
TRC general manager Paul Bennett told the Leader the council's compliance team will be writing to candidates who have election signs on display and requesting they be removed.
Election candidate Ray Tait said his dozen or so corflutes wouldn't be going anywhere.
"The corflutes I put up were compliant with the September 4 election. Obviously I didn't move the date of the election to the fourth of December. I see absolutely no reason why the corflutes have to come down," he said.
"It's all very well for the GM of council to put that edict out, I just wondered what he did when the Moscow circus came to town. Mine aren't exactly 15-foot-high with a big clown on them."
Cr Rodda said it had taken him about 10 days to erect 40 or so corflutes around town.
He said he would take the time to take his down, but said he was "frustrated" about it and said council staff are "unduly preoccupied with little things."
"I think that surely in the whole of the TRC LGA there are bigger things to address. And I speak to residents throughout the whole of the local government area and I doubt this would on the agenda of any resident to get those signs down in a timely manner.
"I felt that this was a bit petty."
The signs have been erected on private property with the permission of the landholder.
State Environmental Planning Policy only permits displaying election signs five weeks before election day, according to Mr Bennett.
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