A Boards accessibility consultation

Torbay Council as the highway authority has responsibility for overseeing the safe operation of public roads and footways. We are considering how on street advertising on public highways, including pavements, is having an effect on accessibility for disabled and partially sighted people. In the midst of the current COVID19 pandemic, we also need to review safe passage for the public on pavements in respect of social distancing requirements.

Simultaneously, we understand the need for traders to encourage business growth wherever possible. Our Town Centre Partnerships strive to increase footfall into our towns to support the mix of independent and chain stores in our high streets.

Portable advertising boards are increasing in numbers, size and variety on our highways, and we, therefore, propose a consultation on a licencing scheme to manage the street scene and pedestrian movements more effectively.

More details on this scheme will be available shortly, so keep an eye out for the consultation and your opportunity to have your voice heard on this subject.