Council has a ‘no A-board policy’

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Calls for a campaign to be set up to reduce the amount of A-boards in Sudbury are not necessary, according to Sudbury Town Council.

In recent months, the town centre has seen a rise in the number of A-boards put out by businesses, with some claiming the signs clutter the pavements and are a hazard to the disabled.

Last week, Nick Warden, from Nayland Road in Bures, said he believed a campaign should be launched to tackle the issue and ensure streets were “fully accessible” to those who are blind or partially sighted.

Jan Osborne, a Sudbury town councillor, said the authority had a policy that no A-boards are permitted.

“The town council is very conscious of the rising concerns and difficulties being experienced by people with disabilities, and we have been in discussions with Suffolk County Council on a way forward to address the problem,” said Mrs Osborne.

Vaughan Evans, landlord of the Horse and Groom pub in East Street, said the problem was exacerbated when traders position the signs in other roads.

“Surely your A-board should be advertised outside your business,” he said. “It does make the town look scruffy otherwise.”

Mrs Osborne said the council wanted to find a solution whereby shops, pubs and cafes did not suffer.

“We also wish to support our local businesses in these difficult times and retain the town’s viability,” she said.

“We are currently consulting with the Chamber of Commerce and Babergh District Council and hopefully we will be able to resolve the problem very shortly.”