City of Bayswater pulls back the welcome mat

Welcome signs have outstayed their welcome in the City of Bayswater.
Welcome signs have outstayed their welcome in the City of Bayswater.

THE City of Bayswater will remove its “welcome” signs after they were deemed superfluous at a meeting last week.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates proposed the council remove 10 signs welcoming visitors to the Maylands, Bayswater and Morley town centres, as well as two in the Bayswater industrial area.

She said resident Ben Doyle raised the issue to remove the “faux heritage” signs, which sparked much debate among residents online.

“They are superfluous; we’ve got banners in each town centre,” Cr Coates said.

“The only place where they have these signs where there are no banners is in the Bayswater industrial area.

“The main concerns are they are cluttering the footpath; it affects the visual amenity of the place.”

According to an officer’s report, many of the signs installed in 2005 were in poor condition and the signs, such as “Welcome to Bayswater Village Shopping Precinct”, did not reflect the wider range of activities available in each place.

Residents said the signs also created difficulties for people with vision impairment, mobility devices and parents with prams.

It will cost about $2400 to remove the 12 signs.

Cr Coates said the next step would be to do a sign audit for the City.