Sign row keeps bubbling
Businessman says council's bullying him over signsAL WILLIAMS
Timaru businessman Murray Gibson has put pen to paper in an effort to address an ongoing signage saga.
He was asked by the Timaru District Council in October to remove signs from his veranda posts after a complaint from a woman who said she was unable to get out of her car because of an obstructing sign.
He deliberately placed a non-compliant sign on one of the posts a week ago to show his solidarity with butcher Mark McDonald, who had also thumbed his nose at council bylaws, and kept his signs after a similar complaint.
Mr Gibson delivered his letter, an Official Information Act request, to the council on Friday.
"I have asked for a date, time and wording of the complaint.
"I'm disappointed the council has not been in touch with me; a lot of the public response has been affirmative, people are saying council are bullies," he said.
The dispute between Mr McDonald and the council was resolved on Friday.
Mayor Damon Odey had become involved while council environmental health manager Jonathan Cowie said the sign in question had been taken off the street.
Yesterday, Mr Cowie confirmed receipt of Mr Gibson's letter.
Mr Odey said he also had a copy and the request was being processed.
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