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'A' boards ban to go ahead in Ilkley

'A' boards ban to go ahead in Ilkley

Published at 9:12am 15th October 2015. (Updated at 2:59pm 20th October 2015)

A 12-month ban on putting up advertising 'A' boards in Ilkley has been agreed.

Bradford Council's Executive approved a zero-tolerance approach to so-called street clutter, despite concerns raised by some small businesses.

The trial is due to start from January 2016, with the authority committing to providing businesses with what it calls "appropriate advice and support".

Concerns have been raised about the use of 'A' boards by groups including the Ilkley Civic Society and disability groups such as the RNIB, which supports people with sight loss.

Regional Campaigns Officer Tracy Dearing said: "I was out with a chap a couple of weeks ago. As we went round the corner, he went straight over [an 'A' board] and bumped his head, because it'd never been there before.

"There are just too many on the street now. It's very difficult for people with sight loss to get around, so they do need to be managed in some way."