Signs im­pact on im­ages

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION - By MATHEW GROCOTT

‘‘Ugly’’ signs are mak­ing it hard for tourists to get a good shot at the most pho­tographed lo­ca­tion in Ti­rau, ac­cord­ing to a busi­ness owner.

Sh­eryn Cloth­ier wrote to the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board over con­cerns about the num­ber of signs and other fix­tures in front of Ti­rau’s famed dog and sheep.

Within a 10m stretch in front of the build­ings, Ms Cloth­ier wrote there was a 50km speed limit sign, a sign pro­mot­ing the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, two street lights, a rub­bish bin, a post box and three signs point­ing to the bust stop, pub­lic toi­lets or the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

‘‘I doubt I need to high­light to the com­mu­nity board the amount of pho­to­graphs taken of the dog,’’ she said.

‘‘It is the icon of our town and I am dis­ap­pointed to see it be­ing graf­fi­tied in this way.’’

Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board chair Nora Martel­leti said the board dis­cussed Ms Cloth­ier’s let­ter at its last meet­ing.

The board was ‘‘sym­path- etic’’ with her con­cerns, she said. But some of the ob­jects could not be moved. ‘‘ The street lamp of course can’t be moved, some of the smaller things are a pos­si­bil­ity.’’

SNAP SHOT: Street signs and lamp posts are mak­ing it hard for tourists to get good pho­tos of the dog and sheep in Ti­rau.

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