starts advertising boards clampdown in Burnham town centre
in Burnham-On-Sea are to begin a clampdown on pavement advertising
boards in the town centre in a bid to increase safety.
follows concerns from pedestrians about the growing number of
advertising boards positioned outside shops and businesses in
the High Street and adjoining streets.
Council Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have
decided to address the concerns. In one recent case, a mobility
scooter user had problems using the pavement along the High Street
because a very large advertising board was blocking the way."
feel there is a problem and we're planning to carry out a sweep
of the town centre with staff from the highways team at Somerset
County Council and Sedgemoor District Council's licensing team."
will be informed where boards are felt to be contravening the
rules and follow-up legal action will be taken if necessary, as
this year when a Burnham fish and chip shop was prosecuted.
Louise Parkin told this week's meeting of the council's Town Projects
Committee that "a level playing field" for all traders
is important to ensure that enforcement is fair.