CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has been criticised for ‘ridiculous’ rules surrounding advertising boards on the street.
A business owner, who did not wish to be named, said the council threatened to confiscate his A-board after it was found to be 20cm too high.
The business owner said: “It is just ridiculous. I have had a shop in Chester for about 20 years. There has always been a rule you can’t have an A-board out on the street but because the city centre is pedestrianised the council relaxed the rules so we could.
“Last week they sent some poor young girl out with a letter to tell us ours was too high and threatened to confiscate it if we didn’t get it changed.
“We have never had a letter about the A-board guidelines and then they come and threaten to take it away. They cost a lot of money. Luckily we were able to cut the legs off enough so it was a metre high.
“I don’t have a problem with the health and safety rules, they make sense, but they never told us what the guidelines were so we were left with a grey area.”
But a council spokesman Laura Johnson said the local authority was trying to work with businesses. She said: “A number of local authorities won’t contemplate A-boards. We are trying to apply common sense and support businesses.
“We have a number of guidelines which are there for health and safety reasons. The reason for the height limit is that they topple over in high winds and can be and issue for pedestrians, especially children.
“They are guidelines and we do try to work with the businesses to solve health and safety issues.”
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