Have a say on signs

Whanganui Midweek - - News - By CR HE­LEN CRAIG You can view the pro­posed sig­nage pol­icy by fol­low­ing the links on: www.whanganui.govt.nz, Say It, Have Your Say, Pro­posed Sig­nage Pol­icy 2018.

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.

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