New proposals on a citywide approach to A-boards are being put forward by Norwich City Council and the draft policy is now open for public consultation.
The document has been put together following discussions with a wide range of interested parties, including local access and business groups, to make sure different standpoints have been taken into consideration.
Research into approaches taken by other local authorities has also been carried out to help identify best practice while also avoiding methods that haven’t work elsewhere.
Among the main points of the draft policy are that each business will only be allowed one A-board, that they must not exceed a stated size and must also adjoin the relevant premises directly.
In terms of enforcement, the suggestion is that highways officers will monitor A-boards as part of their current roles and the council will also respond to complaints about breaches of the new regulations.
Councillor Bert Bremner, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: “Designing a policy for use of A-boards is about striking the right balance. Over the last few months we have been working with a range of groups to come up with a proposal that we feel acknowledges as many people’s interests as possible.
“This consultation gives interested parties as well as the wider public the chance to share their views on our suggested approach.”
Comments received over the next two weeks will be taken into account in finalising the document, which will then go to the council’s cabinet for approval later in the year.
Those wanting to give feedback on the proposals can email email@example.com or write to the address below by 5pm on Friday 18 March 2016.
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