City sig­nals law re­view


Guardian Express - - NEWS - By LAURA POND

CON­CERN about a clause that would “re­lax” re­stric­tions on real es­tate sig­nage has prompted Stir­ling Coun­cil to restart a lengthy le­gal process.

Coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered changes to por­ta­ble sig­nage and verge treat­ment re­quire­ments at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing as part of its pro­posed new thor­ough­fares and public places lo­cal law.

Coun­cil­lor Stephanie Proud urged the coun­cil to re­place the 2009 law be­cause the City was al­ready “be­hind”, as lo­cal laws were re­quired to be re­viewed ev­ery eight years, and public con­sul­ta­tion was first held last July.

She ar­gued that it was twice ad­ver­tised for public com­ment with no re­sponses and said amend­ments could be made to the law at any time.

But Cr Karen Caddy dis­agreed with the pro­posed clause re­quir­ing por­ta­ble ‘home open’ signs be re­moved on the day of the view­ing, rather than within the hours of in­spec­tion.

The sign must dis­play the day and time of the home open, a direc­tional ar­row and real es­tate agent’s name.

“There’s a lot of am­bush mar­ket­ing hap­pen­ing, par­tic­u­larly in Scar­bor­ough, with agents pay­ing con­trac­tors to put out signs on Fri­day night and re­move them on Sun­day,” she said.

“The City is do­ing a great job on clamp­ing down on it but this would re­lax it.”

It comes af­ter City com­mu­nity safety man­ager Lau­rie Crouch said non-com­pli­ant por­ta­ble sig­nage was “firmly on the City’s radar”.

The coun­cil re­solved to start a fresh re­view of the law, hold a com­mu­nity fo­rum, coun­cil­lor work­shops and con­sul­ta­tion with build­ing and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and re­view best prac­tice in other lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

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