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Mackenzie mayor says Albury protest signs don't comply

Mackenzie mayor says Albury protest signs don’t comply

Signs at Albury on Gareth Winn's front lawn that have been ordered to be removed by the Mackenzie District Council.

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Signs at Albury on Gareth Winn’s front lawn that have been ordered to be removed by the Mackenzie District Council.

A number of protest signs erected on an Albury property must be removed by Friday according to the Mackenzie District Council as they don’t meet regulations outlined in the District Plan.

“They don’t comply and he [property owner Gareth Winn] has been sent a letter stating that they will have to be removed and for them to comply he will have to apply for a consent,” Mackenzie Mayor Graham Smith said.

“He will have to respond by the 28th of this month (Friday).

“He has until the 28th to have them removed.”

Smith would not expand on what steps will be taken if the signs were not removed by the stated deadline.

The five signs, which summarise Winn’s four year battle with authorities over land subsidence, started to appear on his Albury property in mid-May.

Winn said he received the council’s letter yesterday [Tuesday] which ‘threatened” him with three different actions but he has now erected a sixth sign that reads “we still waiting for truth and honesty”.

He said he knew five people in the township who would take the signs and considered moving them from property to property so that the council would be forced to continually restart the paperwork process.

However, he has since been advised to attach his signs to a trailer which falls under different rules.

According to the Mackenzie District Plan, “signs affixed to vehicles or trailers, and parked in a public place, road, public property or private property so as to be visible from a public place” are considered a discretionary activity but still require a resource consent.

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