The war on street signs

Article image - The war on street signs Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson with the removed signs

Mosman Council has tackled the abundance of signs in urban areas by removing more than 450 signs in recent months.

The war on signage started more than 18 months ago with a review of all signs along roads and in public areas initiated by Mosman Council’s Visual Amenity - Signage and Advertising Community Consultative Committee.

Surplus road signs were removed, while unnecessary signs in car parks and public reserves were also targeted.

“I believe this is just the beginning of our long battle to restore visual amenity in our streets in the form of so called ‘legally required signage’,” Mosman Mayor Councillor Peter Abelson said.

“Signs come in a confusing array of sizes and colours and there are too many of them even in typical suburban streets, which results in an unacceptable street environment.”

As part of the signage review, Mosman Council has replaced No Stopping signs with continuous yellow lines.

The change is supported by Council’s renewed road safety awareness campaign promoting the use and rules of yellow lines.

Council’s Director Environment and Planning Craig Covich said 10 streets were initially selected and audited to determine which signs could
be removed.

“Our street-by-street sign audit will continue this financial year and each sign will be assessed.

“I am happy to authorise further removals unless there is a valid reason for signs to remain.”

Signs have so far been removed from 47 streets and the $536.70 currently raised from recycling the poles and signs will be donated to Taldumande Youth Services in Neutral Bay, which helps prevent youth homelessness by restoring and rebuilding family relationships.

The action on signs is in addition to the positive response to Mosman Council’s proposal to simplify parking signs using a bold ‘time block’ model.

Local Government NSW passed the Council’s submission on the measure, which uses simple visuals with red blocks of colour indicating restricted periods and green for non-restricted times, for consideration by Roads and Maritime Services.