Have Your Say Now On A Boards In Dorchester

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Published at 7:11am 14th April 2016. (Updated at 7:12am 14th April 2016)

More businesses in Dorchester are being urged to respond to a survey and have their say on on-street advertising signs.

More businesses in Dorchester are being urged to have their say on on-street advertising signs.

The A-boards, which can divide opinion, are used to attract shoppers into the arcades in the town.

Town Councillor David Taylor says supporters think they prove vital for business.

"A lot of people don't know what's up the arcades. Antelope Walk, Tudor Arcade, Hardy Arcade and many little side streets don’t really get notice. Without the signs it's incredible for the businesses to actually show they exist!"

More businesses are being asked to complete a survey to make sure their voices are heard.

You can do that now by clicking here.

The current policy on A-boards states that they need to be in good condition, within a set size and keep the pavement clear for pedestrians, but it is only enforced where there is a safety issue.

The council wants to see if a change is necessary by considering a number of options, including a 'zero-tolerance' approach and having areas dedicated for maps and signposts advertising businesses.

Councillor Peter Finney, Cabinet member for the environment, said: "We are keen to support Dorset's economy and understand that our local businesses need to advertise.

"However, the number of A-boards in some places has grown over time and they can cause an obstruction, especially for people with disabilities.

"Before we make any changes, we need to gather a range of views by talking to local residents, companies, business groups and town councils.”

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