Placard favourtism denied

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:33 13/11/2012

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Beware when it comes to placing signs out on city council land - without permission, they will be confiscated.

Paremata School fell foul of Porirua City Council's bylaw recently, having prominent signage advertising its gala taken down near the intersection of Bayview and Seaview roads.

It prompted one parent to email Kapi-Mana News, angrily suggesting that city councillor and Tommy's real estate agent Euon Murrell was allowed to keep his own "for sale" signs up while a school's was confiscated.

"Why should the rules be different for that man? The council's integrity really comes into question here."

Mr Murrell said he had to retrieve "for sale" and "open home" signs from the council's depot recently when he did not get permission to place them on council reserve land.

"There is no way I have any influence, it's a ridiculous accusation."

A spokesperson for PCC confirmed that the gala sign was taken down because it was not placed where it should have been. A bylaw covers temporary signs in all public areas, which stipulates where they can be erected and the size allowed.

This includes signs for real estate, schools and election campaigns.

They must be approved by PCC, manager of environmental standards Jim Sutton said. The best thing was to phone before erecting a sign on council land.

"We treat everyone the same, if the signs are illegal they must come down," Mr Sutton said.

Visit www.pcc.govt.nz or call 237 5089 for more information.

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