Council spells out signage issues

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
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REBEL: Geoff Gibson stands between a complaint sign, left, and a non-compliant protest sign outside his father Murray's shop, Gibson's Hairdressers and Tobaccanists on Church St.

heaton st sign
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WHY? A reader wonders why the Timaru District Council would place a road sign smack in the middle of a footpath on the corner of Rose and Heaton streets.

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The Timaru District Council has outlined the complaints that prompted it to ask that signs outside two Church St businesses be removed. The issue sparked controversy this week.

Council regulatory services manager Chris English said the signs on veranda posts in Church St were the subject of complaints from two members of the public.

The council received a complaint from an elderly man in a mobility scooter trying to access the footpath, but being hampered by signage outside Export Meats, Mr English said.

"A second complaint was received by a lady trying to exit her car outside Gibson's Hairdressers and Tobacconists and being unable to do so due to signage."

Mr English also responded to questions on why tables displaying products were still allowed on Stafford St footpaths.

He said articles displayed outside shops for sale needed the prior permission of the council.

One retailer spoken to by the Herald had not gained permission and continued to use an outside display table without council attention.

Mr English said proprietors wanting to put tables and chairs on the footpath outside cafes must apply to the council for a permit to occupy.

Council-installed bench seats and flower boxes were considered "amenity enhancements which benefited everyone in the community", not obstacles or hazards.

Mr English said the purpose of the bylaws was to ensure everyone in the community had unhindered access to public places, and said complaints would be investigated.

BYLAW

Exposing articles for sale 208.1: No person shall expose for sale any article whatsoever on any footpath, or outside of any shop, shop window, or doorway abutting on any public place, so as to encroach on or over that public place, without the prior permission of Council, and then only in accordance with such conditions as Council may think fit to impose.

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- The Timaru Herald

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