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WATCH: Could Ilkley's A-board ban be made permanent?

WATCH: Could Ilkley's A-board ban be made permanent?

Published at 7:01am 8th December 2016. (Updated at 3:48pm 8th December 2016)

Plans for a permanent ban on A-boards in Ilkley could move forward today.. 

Since January, they have been banned as part of a 12-month trial.

Bradford Council launched the initiative to make 'street clutter' illegal, after concerns it wasn't safe for the visually impaired.

Whilst some disability groups such as the RNIB welcomed the move, a number of businesses raised concerns. 

Speaking when the trial was proposed, Bradford Council said it was "trying to strike a balance" between creating "a safe environment for people with limited vision or mobility, and businesses wanting to advertise their services". 

In October, Stray FM spoke to a couple of businesses which were still refusing to take their boards down, despite the prospect of a fine.

One of them was Steve Tennant from Ashworth & Tennant Jewellers:


Bradford Council's Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee is discussing the issue, and a report is recommending that councillors back the idea of formalising the ban.

However, the committee doesn't have the final say and will only pass recommendations on to Bradford Council's Executive, which will make the final decision at a later date.  

The report also recommends "a further approach is made to all businesses within the trial zones to seek information in relation to the impact of the ban" before "consideration of the ultimate approach".