Protest down, not out

signs removal won’t stop fight
signs removal won’t stop fight

The Avon Valley Residents Association took down the signs in what they have called ‘a show of good faith’ with the Shire of York.

Shire councillors voted at Monday’s meeting to force residents to take down signs if they did not comply with town regulations. But Kay Davies, who lives close to the planned landfill site at Allawuna Farm, said forcing |people to take down signs from their own property was a move against civil liberties. ‘The community is not left with many options to voice their opinions,’ Mrs Davies said.

‘The Shire does not have the right to control freedom of speech.’

The Shire received two complaints about the signs, which have been displayed around York for the past six months

Shire President Tony Boyle said the council was not trying to restrict freedom of speech.

‘Some of the signs were looking very tatty. In some places, like on verges, they have been illegally placed,’ Mr Boyle said.

‘We wanted to set a precedent for illegal signs to be removed, but we are still allowing them if they conform to the guidelines.’

Denis Hill, vice chairman of AVRA, said despite taking the signs down, the group would continue to protest against the proposed landfill. ‘AVRA will use this break to refresh the signage, re-install it to comply with the law and continue the campaign,’ he said.