Have a say on signs
Retailers and businesses need to take an urgent look at the proposed WDC Signage Policy 2018. Submissions close on Friday, October 26.
There are only a few changes to the rules, but it’s important our businesses understand what is proposed and submit if they believe changes or additions are needed. The public may also be concerned at how signs affect their use of the footpath and should ensure they get a submission in.
Some highlights include any sign displayed on the footpath must not exceed 2.2 metres in height and 0.7 metres in width for flag signs. But a sandwich board displayed on the footpath can only be a maximum 1 metre in height if located within 6 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossing; or 1.2 metres if located in any other location. Sandwich boards can only be 0.8 metres in width.
Businesses will also have an opportunity to erect directional signs on poles, etc, to attract customers. Directional signs may be displayed to direct the public to significant community activities or tourist facilities within the district. Directional signs must be specific to the type of community activity or tourist facility and must not include the individual name of a particular operator.
Another item of note is the use of signage trailers must not be located within 40 metres from any road intersection.
Signage is a great way to advertise your event, activity or business and it’s important the rules set by council are appropriate for our community’s needs.
I urge everyone with an interest in signage to look up the proposed signage policy on the council website or pop into council offices for a copy. Your submissions will be heard by district councillors so you have a chance to change anything you don’t like in the proposal. This is your chance to have a say.