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Auckland City Bans Central Area Sandwich Boards


24 October 2000

AUCKLAND CITY BANS CENTRAL AREA SANDWICH BOARDS

Sandwich boards will be banned from Auckland City’s inner city streets and public places from the beginning of next year.

The council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee is prohibiting the advertising sentinels from January 1 and will give retailers a month to get rid of all the boards before enforcing the new bylaw.

During the month’s staged withdrawal, boards that have not been removed will be tagged with a reminder sticker, prior to enforcement from midnight on January 31.

The ban applies to a defined area, which includes the main retail area and public open spaces in the central area.

Committee chair Juliet Yates says retailers will be asked to remove sandwich boards voluntarily from the identified public streets and places as soon as possible.

“The issue of removal of sandwich boards from the central area has been discussed for almost a year and there has been extensive consultation with the businesses affected by the ban,” she said. “It’s the right time to translate the talk into action.”

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City Ambassadors will be asked to assist with the sandwich board removal in a non-confrontational way. A council report says the Ambassadors have been helpful with other inner city council initiatives and the increased summer complement of 16 will provide a valuable resource.

Heart of the City is also assisting with the board ban by consulting all its members, installing street numbering and promoting alternative advertising mediums.

Cr Yates:”Complaints about the proliferation, placement and management of city sandwich boards has led to this new by-law. Discussion has been on-going for many months and I am pleased that the issue is now moving closer to resolution.”

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For further information
Please contact Cr Juliet Yates
Telephone 528 0581 or 025 289 0623


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