Steps to tackle A-board menace on pavements
NEW guidelines are being introduced in Sherborne to stop A-board adverts "clogging up the busy pavements" in the town centre.
Dorset County Council has taken measures to make sure the signs – used to attract customers into shops – do not get in the way of pedestrians including wheelchair users, the partially sighted and people with pushchairs.
The new regulations say all A-boards must not exceed a height of 1.2m and a width of 0.6m and must also allow 1.8m of walking room when placed on a pavement and 3.5m in pedestrianised areas.
Boards which disobey the guidelines can be removed under the Highway Act 1980.
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A leaflet called A Guide to A-board Enforcement Policy will be distributed across Dorset from September 9. It explains how businesses can better use these signs without creating an obstruction.
County council officials say the policy aims to manage the way A-boards are used and make sure that both walkers and traders concerns are considered.
Hilary Cox, the county council's cabinet member for environment, said: "We recognise that these signs are a low cost way of promoting businesses but we have to balance traders' needs with those of the public using the pavements.
"We want to support local businesses and to encourage the local economy but we have had to draw the line somewhere and so we are limiting the use to one A-board per business. It shouldn't be attached to any highway structures, or hamper access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles."
More information about this policy can be found online at www.dorsetforyou. com/highway-signs