Coun­cil seizes signs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/ NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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