Campaining to lose A-boards

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

A Boston council committee has agreed to take up the fight against A-board advertising in the town.

The decision comes following a number of the Boston Town Area Committee undertaking a Boston Disability Forum guided walk where they were blind-folded and taken through the town.

At a recent meeting councillors called it ‘extremely helpful’ with Coun Sue Ransome saying: “I became acutely aware of smells and people talking. It was better once I got out of Dolphin Lane.”

She said she felt happier in the Market Place as she could hear cars but said the experience was ‘quite frightening on occassions’.

A-boards are used by businesses in the town to advertise, particularly on public highways such as Dolphin Lane, Emery Lane, Church Lane and even Strait Bargate.

It was agreed by councillors at the committee that the boards can be dangerous particularly to those with disabilities.

Coun Paul Gleeson suggested that the committee write to the chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council to express their concerns over the boards .

Coun Brian Rush said he didn’t understand why people bought the signs in the first place.

“When it’s crowded, no-one can see it and when there’s no-one around... no-one sees it,” he said.

He later added: “I do feel sorry for disabled people who walk there... it must be horrendous.”

Councillors also suggested looking into whether any by-laws could be created, as well as speaking with the businesses themselves to make them aware of the dangers of using A-boards - however council chief executive Phil Drury said the council could not bring in regulations where the ‘activity is already controlled by legislation’ - in this instance the Highways Department.

The committee also suggested looking into alternate signage, which could be placed on walls at the end of alleys and would denote which businesses were down there.

Roger and Molly Fixter of the disability forum thanked councillors for their efforts.

Boston Borough Council has since sent a letter to county highways asking them to look at the issue.