Traders are fuming over plans to ban “dangerous” advertising boards from outside town centre shops.This is, of course, the Colchester we know so well as being so friendly to business…
Campaigners for the disabled and visually impaired have backed the plans by Colchester Council, claiming the boards pose a real health risk.
Ron Levy, secretary of Colchester Retail and Business Association, said traders feared the plans would hit their livelihoods.Yes, indeed. And so many councils seem to think their main purpose is stopping all risks, everywhere.
He said: “In its report, the council has pledged to help businesses in the town.
“But by fully removing every single A-board, some of the traders feel it would not be helpful to their business at all.
“I agree there are probably risks – but life is full of risks.”
But aren’t you being too harsh, Julia? These advertising boards do indeed make life difficult for the visually impaired, after all.
Well, yes, they do. But as these commenters point out, they aren’t the only ones:
Goonerboy, Colchester says...Indeed, the Silent Menace….
They are less of a danger than mobility scooters charging around the pavement
Gideon Smythe, Wivenhoe says...And then, of course, there are council-run schemes that are far more dangerous for the visually-handicapped than any advertising board…
What are the council doing about slow fat people and families with lots of children? They get in the way too.