Banner ban hits card shop

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VOLUNTEERS at Sudbury’s annual Christmas card shop fear a law which stops them from displaying banners could harm business.

The shop, selling cards and gifts, has set up in Borehamgate.

For the past 15 years signs promoting the store, which raises money for 41 charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society and Guide Dogs, have gone up around the town.

But this year shop supporters did not put banners on St Peter’s Church railings or fencing outside Waitrose after hearing Babergh District Council deemed such advertising illegal.

Susannah Goodbody, the shop’s manager, said: “It has made an enormous difference to us. People don’t know where we are and the charities are losing out as the customers aren’t coming in.”

A spokeswoman for Babergh district council said the shop needed to apply for advertising consent to put up banners before its case could be considered.

Mrs Goodbody said the shop, open from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday until December 19, would contact the council and was hopeful the situation could be resolved.