The ‘illegal’ sign erected outside the Raleigh Industrial Estate by Paul Hynes. The sign elected by Council as seen by motorists from Short Cut Road.
A close-up of the sign is still difficult to read to business names.
“Atrocious and mind-boggling” were the words used by Cr Ian Coe to describe signage erected by Bellingen Council for businesses in the Raleigh Industrial Estate.
Cr Coe was disappointed that Councillors had discussed and supported the erection of signage for businesses in the Industrial Estate, including Urunga Antiques and Collectables.
“I find it mind-boggling that we came up with a sign that can’t be read from the road,” he said. “The staff responsible need to have a good look at themselves.”
“It’s atrocious that we are the only Council in the State that has an industrial estate with signage that can’t be read.”
Cr Coe was speaking at last week’s meeting (June 27) of Council that was addressed by Paul Hynes, the owner of the antiques and collectables business. He presented a petition with 1500 signatures calling for local businesses in the Raleigh Industrial Estate to be permitted to erect signs advertising their business.
Mr Hynes said that he was not allowed to erect a sign advising passing motorists of his business, he would be forced to close down.
Cr Sean Tuohy said there were two issues.
“Firstly we need to improve the signage at the Industrial Estate which is too small to be read by passing motorists,” Cr Tuohy said. “The second issue is altering Council’s signage policy, which no-one here will agree to.”
Mayor Mark Troy said any change to the signage policy would require an amendment to the Shire Local Environment Plan (LEP). “Mr Hynes can’t have individual signage at the entrance to the Industrial Estate.”
Mr Hynes said: “All I want is a bit of fairness, I’ve got to have my own sign. If I can’t, I will have to shut my shop”.
He made a submission to Council claiming he had been treated shabbily by council staff.
“They are guilty of selective law enforcement.”
Councillors agreed that the signage for all businesses in the Industrial Estate should be much larger, but there will be no change to the signage policy to allow Mr Hynes to erect a sign advertising his individual business.
Attempts by senior staff to appease Mr Hynes outside the meeting room were unsuccessful.
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