SCARBOROUGH real estate agencies have been hit with fines over illegal signs after a City of Stirling crackdown and complaints from residents.
Scarborough resident Nathan Lynch said the signs presented a safety hazard as they distracted drivers at roundabouts near Deanmore Primary School.
“A drive down Sackville Terrace on any weekend, from Friday night through to Sunday afternoon, will show just how out of hand this problem has become,” he said.
“Each of the roundabouts on Sackville has, for well over a year, had illegal signage placed in it every weekend.
“My kids are among the many in the area who attend Deanmore primary and walk home along that stretch of road and their uniforms are not far different to the colour of one real estate agent’s branding in particular.
“When drivers approach a roundabout or any intersection they should not be competing for visual attention with an array of real estate agency signs, or any other business signage.”
Stirling acting community safety manager Trevor Salter said the recent real estate market downturn appeared to have coincided with agents leaving signs on public areas for extended periods.
“Twelve signs relating to real estate in the vicinity of Scarborough area have been impounded,” he said.
“To have signs returned is $65 and can also attract a fine under the Litter Act of which the maximum penalty is $200.”
Mr Salter said the issue was more about visual pollution than safety as the majority of signs were small.
“The City tries to work with business in the area with confiscation and fine imposed as a last resort if business owners continue to ignore the local laws in relation to unauthorised signage,” he said.