Fees for signs

FEES will not be waived for Urunga businesses lodging development applications for signs in the town's CBD.

In spite of lively debate on the issue at Bellingen Shire Council's meeting on Tuesday and the general manager's recommendation to do so, the final vote did not support setting what Cr Jillian Cranny called a 'dangerous precedent'.

Cr Margaret Gundry said in the absence of council signs directing people to the CBD, Urunga businesses had been erecting their own signs.

"Until we are prepared to do something, I don't think we should charge for the signs," Cr Gundry said.

Cr Ralph Lynch said other shire businesses paid.

"Why should these people be exempt," Cr Lynch said.

"There has to be consistency and to waive fees here would send a bad message.

"We have good policy regarding street signs and we should support that."

Cr Mark Troy said waiving the fees was a way to compensate for the manner in which the charge was introduced by the council.

"The council erred in the way we managed this. If we waive the fees, it will help us achieve the desired result of rationalising CBD signage," Cr Troy said.

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