The following response was provided by Council after recent complaints by a local resident. The response typifies the ever decreasing powers Council’s have to manage their local area to the benefit of local communities.
“I refer to your recent e-mail to Council in which you express concerns about signage on display at specific locations in Chatswood. I confirm that my staff have been investigating your concerns and I now provide you with progress advice.
- Scrolling LED sign: Chatswood High School, 24 Centennial Ave., Chatswood
- Animated Digital Sign: Chatswood Primary School, 680 Pacific Hwy., Chatswood
The land occupied by the two schools is owned by the NSW Department of Education. Council has limited scope to control and regulate signage on NSW state government school land. However, Council is currently investigating your concerns with NSW State Government agencies with a view to perhaps securing an improved outcome regarding the erection and display of signage.
- ‘Meriton’ illuminated sign: 70 – 83 Albert Ave., Chatswood
The ‘Meriton’ illuminated building sign on the western elevation of Building 2 (serviced apartments) was approved by the NSW Minister for Planning on 14 August, 2014.
- Scrolling digital sign: Kayoe Furniture, 769 Pacific Hwy., Chatswood
This matter was originally investigated and actioned by Council’s Compliance Unit in July, 2013. The signage was subsequently modified in August, 2013 to comply with the ‘Exempt Development’ provisions of Willoughby LEP 2012.”