‘Sandwich boards’ block wheelchairs
THE council said it will take a ‘common sense’ approach to a growing problem with commercial ‘sandwich boards’ blocking the pavement for wheelchair users and parents pushing buggies.
Cllr Daire Ní Laoi (SF) brought the issue to the attention of the council Ni Laoi and said it was a ‘ huge problem’, particularly for people with disabilities.
She said she knew of one local shop that had five sandwich boards outside of its premises. ‘It’s cluttering, it’s almost littering,’ the Sinn Fein councillor said.
She said that some businesses were ‘obviously taking liberties’ and she called for inspections by the council and approaches made to business owners who are blocking the pavement and in cases where there was persistent offenders, the signs should be removed.
The council reported that ‘ footpaths in the village centres are monitored on a regular basis and frequent complaints are received from members of the public on the issue of various impediments on footpaths’.
The local authority has resisted a hard-line approach to the issue and said ‘a common sense approach to the problem is generally the preferred option’.
Senior Executive Officer at Fingal County Council, Stephen Peppard said that informal approaches had been made to local chambers of commerce on the issue and perhaps the council should now pursue an agreement with local chambers on a ‘code’ for the use of sandwich boards.
Mr Peppard told councillors that in the meantime, the council can do inspections over a period of time and talk to individual businesses about the issue.
He acknowledged though that signs removed today can ‘reappear tomorrow’ but he said he was ‘not anxious’ to go down the road of removing the boards permanently.