Queenstown Lakes council slaps 144 businesses with pink sticker warning
Almost 150 Queenstown businesses have been slapped with a pink sticker for breaching council advertising rules.
In September the Queenstown Lakes District Council decided all non-compliant signs clogging footpaths in the downtown area would have a sticker plastered on their sign if they were found to be in breach of an amendment to the district plan.
The amendment states signs of no more than one square-metre can be placed outside shops and businesses and only on private property, meaning several buildings right on the boundary or situated above ground level, cannot use the signs.
Council spokeswoman Michele Poole said 20 businesses had not taken heed of the pink sticker final warning and had been issued a $300 fine.
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"So far we have put out 144 pink stickers on non-compliant signs and sandwich boards. Our staff have noticed more compliance since the pink stickers came into use," she said.
Downtown QT general manager Steve Wilde - who acts on behalf of over 200 Queenstown business members - said despite members being split "50-50" on the issue, no-one had complained about it to him since warnings and fines had been enforced.
"I'm assuming that's because they are just sucking it up and getting on with it."
Wilde said the sandwich board signs were a trip hazard, ugly and not a good look for the resort but sympathised with businesses situated above ground level.
"That [first floor businesses and advertising] is a discussion we will have this year. We do support where the council's going."
Council regulatory manager Lee Webster said last year they had been talking to businesses about the sign changes and pink stickers were the "final educational tool" before fines were handed out, .
The intention was to ensure footpaths were kept clear for pedestrians, reduce visual clutter and take a consistent approach to enforcing signage rules, he said.