Health and safety ban on ad boards

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ge­orge Mair

FOR decades they have turned the busy pave­ments of Scot­land’s cap­i­tal into an ob­sta­cle course for pedes­tri­ans.

But now ad­ver­tis­ing boards are to be banned in Ed­in­burgh – for health and safety rea­sons.

The City of Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil’s trans­port and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee yes­ter­day ap­proved a ban on ‘all forms of tem­po­rary on­street ad­ver­tis­ing struc­tures’. This will be put in place in the au­tumn and will be en­forced by a ded­i­cated team of of­fi­cers.

Con­cerns about so-called A-boards had been raised by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, es­pe­cially those with sight im­pair­ments and mo­bil­ity dif­fi­cul­ties. In a re­port, the com­mit­tee said that ev­ery­one ‘re­gard­less of their cir­cum­stance’ should have a right to ‘use and en­joy’ the city’s streets ‘with con­fi­dence’.

It added: ‘Whilst the coun­cil recog­nises that busi­nesses have con­cerns about stricter con­trols on tem­po­rary on-street ad­ver­tis­ing, the pave­ments are a pub­lic re­source and their ef­fec­tive use by the pub­lic is there­fore the coun­cil’s high­est pri­or­ity.’

The lo­cal author­ity’s pub­lic safety sec­tion and Po­lice Scot­land have raised con­cerns about the boards. The re­port added: ‘These con­cerns pri­mar­ily re­late to pedes­trian safety at mass gath­er­ings, where ad­ver­tis­ing struc­tures con­trib­ute to re­strict­ing crowd move­ment po­ten­tially caus­ing in­jury through col­li­sion or trips.

‘Sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns also re­late to the risk that struc­tures could be used to con­ceal ter­ror­ism-re­lated de­vices.’

The Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute of Blind Peo­ple (RNIB) wel­comed the move yes­ter­day.

San­dra Wil­son, of Ed­in­burgh-based RNIB Scot­land, said the ban would make the streets ‘safer and more in­clu­sive’ for those with dis­abil­i­ties.

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