Dorset Council to tackle hazardous A-boards on high streets

Dorset Council is set to tackle A-boards which have long been an issue in Broad Street (this image has been created as a an example only)

DORSET Council staff are tackling on-street advertising boards which are causing a risk to the public.

Councillors have been told that the authority does not have enough resources to tackle every area where businesses put A-board signs on the street, which can be problematic for pedestrians and a risk to people with poor sight or mobility problems, so staff will be targeting signs which are considered a safety issues.

This has been a running issue in Lyme Regis for some years, with the town council often complaining that businesses are putting out more than their permitted one A-board, causing obstruction and forcing pedestrians to step into the road.

Existing A-board policies have been reviewed and are expected to be signed off soon.

The policy document is designed to ensure a uniformed approach around the county and to give staff guidance on the law and legal processes to remove errant signs.

Place and Resources Committee chairman and Lyme Regis ward member, Cllr Daryl Turner, told a meeting last week that the council will prioritise problem A-boards which present the highest risk.

“The A-boards have been a pain in a lot of councillors’ lives over the years and it’s important we have proper specifications so we are not left with a lot of tatty little things stuck up all over the place, which we do see,” said Cllr Turner.

It comes as Lyme Regis Town Council plans to carry out a review of signage on the seafront.

Members agreed at a recent Town Management & Highways Committee meeting that there was too much signage on the seafront, which looked messy and made the signs less affective as they were all competing for attention.

More than 85 signs have been counted on the seafront, not including any commercial signage which businesses pay to display.

It was noted that some signs were essential and helped the council’s enforcement officers to enforce regulations, including when dogs were permitted on the beach and rules against feeding seagulls.

Councillors asked operations manager Matt Adamson Drage to carry out a full audit of all signage, giving priority to signs which were deemed essential, and to come back to the committee with suggestions on which ones could be scrapped.

By Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins

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