Zero tolerance on advert boards

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A STRICT ban on advertising sandwich boards has sparked concerns.

East Dunbartonshire Council has introduced a “zero tolerance” approach to the A-boards being placed on town centre pavements.

But Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy says the council should have consulted with businesses about the policy.

In a letter to the council he said: “It beggars belief in this time of severe economic crises, the worst we are told since the 1930s, that signage which is designed to encourage people to spend in our local shops, should be removed without any prior consultation.

“I will be calling for early contact to be made with local companies to see if there is a degree of compromise that can be reached.”

Councillor Kennedy has also asked how charity and community groups can apply for exemptions to the new policy.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said:

“There was no specific consultation with traders on the policy development at that time, but local businesses were made aware of it prior to its implementation and discussions have since taken place with some local groups.

“A meeting for councillors and council officers has been arranged for November 14 to further discuss unauthorised advertising throughout East Dunbartonshire.”

He added: “Exemption forms for voluntary organisations are available and I would urge anyone who has had difficulties in obtaining one to contact the Network Strategy section on 0141 578 8611.”