‘Sand­wich boards’ block wheel­chairs

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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