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'A' board policy consultation

Consultation runs from 27 February 2017, 12:00am to 30 April 2017, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

The City Centre Accessibility Review was commissioned by the council in 2014 to gain an objective understanding of accessibility issues in and around the city centre. For Local Government to fulfil the Equality duties, it has to 'Take the steps involved in meeting the needs of disabled persons that are different from the needs of persons who are not disabled including, in particular, steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities'.

The review made a number of recommendations for future action. These were varied, but focused on free standing pavement signage, such as advertising A-Frame boards, Chalk Boards, Swing Boards, free standing flags, directional signs and information signs.

Consultation information

Following on from the review, work has been undertaken by Cambridge City Council to plan and draft an Advertising ‘A’ Board and Sign Policy that is cost-effective, appropriate and enforceable, whilst balancing the need for free and unimpeded access and not unduly penalising businesses.

This survey is about the council's draft Policy to limit the use of 'A' boards and free standing pavement signage. The Policy only applies to advertising structures placed upon public roads, highways (as per the 1980 Highways Act) or public open spaces.

The consultation can be completed online at [link removed]


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Streets and Open Spaces at or 01223 458578.

Post any correspondence to Streets and Open Spaces, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Additional information and documents

Next steps

Following the consultation the report will be presented to Community Services Scrutiny Committee decision on recommendations – June 2017.

Implementation of policy (education and amnesty period) is planned to run from 1 July to 30 September 2016 with implementation of enforcement of policy 1 October 2017.

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