Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding business operators of the correct use of advertising signage as social distancing restrictions ease across the State.
Council’s Deputy General Manager Corporate, Strategy and Development Services Mark Pepping said the use of corflute signs remained a contentious issue.
“During the height of the COVID-19 lock-down Council relaxed many of its regulatory and compliance activities including the use of temporary signage and A-frames on pathways,” he said. “We did this so shopkeepers could attract what limited customers were still out and about through their doors.”
“However, as social distancing restrictions are slowly easing we’d ask that those businesses also return to their regular approved advertising signage.”
Mr Pepping said as the use of corflute signs increased during the pandemic so too did the number of complaints to Council.
“Corflute signs are cheap and easy to affix but due to their lightweight nature they’re also pretty flimsy and tend to get blown off easily,” he said.
“This becomes more problematic as we head towards our traditional August and September winds.”
Mr Pepping asked shopkeepers and businesses who had any of these illegal signs still erected, particularly on power and light poles, to begin taking them down and moving back to their pre-lock down advertising signage.
“Our Rangers have been given directives to remove unauthorised signs,” he said. “Should businesses or shopkeepers continue to use these illegal signs they may be issued with a penalty infringement.”
“This way we can have businesses back on an even playing field, reduce the potential for pedestrian hazards and driver distractions and eliminate any dislodged signs that might end up as street litter or in watercourses.
“It’s another small step in businesses returning back to normal and ensuring the Southern Highlands looks its best as we welcome visitors back.”
For more information on approved business signage, refer to the Development Control Plan that applies to your business location by visiting Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/development-control-plans-applicable-under-wlep-2010 or contact Council on phone 4868 0888.