Policy on A-boards to be drafted

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A POLICY on the use of A-boards in streets around the borough is to be drawn up by council officers.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is to draft a way forward for the controversial advertising notices as part of a review by councillors.

The authority’s overview and scrutiny committee set up a task and finish group to look into the licensing, planning and enforcement functions surrounding the use of the boards.

A report to the committee highlighted two main conclusions.

It noted that the issue is ‘complex and divisive’ as it involves the planning, licensing and highways departments working to ‘complicated and confusing legislation’.

Suffolk County Council is also ‘planning to implement a countywide approach to advertising on the highway’.

Meanwhile, the authority has received ‘many complaints from residents who think the increasing number of A-boards is unsightly’ while traders see them ‘as an essential tool for survival in hard economic times’.

The new policy is to be presented to the scrutiny committee in July.