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"A-Boards Clogging Up Pavements" in Dorchester

Dorchester Town Centre

8:38am 29th August 2013

Businesses in Dorchester are getting new guidelines on how they can use their A Boards.

The council's worried about them cluttering up the pavement.

The new rules state you can only have one board per business and it can't be attached to anything.

If you don't stick to the rules you could have your sign taken away.

The County Council is issuing a leaflet to traders.

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."

The policy also reminds businesses that they need public liability insurance that covers them if their A-board is found to be the cause of an accident.

More information about this policy can be found online at

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