Friars Street to get new sign to aid businesses

Shop owners by the A-boards they traditionally put on a traffic island to attract trade onto Friars Street which have been removed for safety reasons.  FL; Manageress of the shop Vanessa Bremner and Lisa Cornell from Rude Strawberry. ANL-140624-162923009
Shop owners by the A-boards they traditionally put on a traffic island to attract trade onto Friars Street which have been removed for safety reasons. FL; Manageress of the shop Vanessa Bremner and Lisa Cornell from Rude Strawberry. ANL-140624-162923009

A new sign has been discussed for a Sudbury side street after A-boards promoting businesses were controversially removed.

If approved, the new sign will span the entrance to Friars Street from Market Hill, similar to one for Gaol Lane next to the town hall.

Shop owners and traders in Friars Street protested when it was announced they could no longer place A-boards outside their stores, or on a traffic island at the entrance to the street, because of safety fears.

Traders felt this would damage trade, saying shoppers and tourists often failed to realise they were there.

“We are working really closely with retailers to get a solution,” said town councillor Jan Osborne.

Two potential designs will be discussed at a meeting of Sudbury Town Council on Tuesday.