Bury St Edmunds: St Edmundsbury Borough Council to launch consultation on business A-boards

The A-board outside the Bay Tree in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds. The A-board outside the Bay Tree in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Mariam Ghaemi West Suffolk senior reporter mariam.ghaemi@archant.co.uk
Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:22 PM

A councillor has called for decisive action to tackle business A-boards in a Bury St Edmunds street where they are blocking the pavement.

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The A-board outside Cafe del Mar in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds.The A-board outside Cafe del Mar in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Councillor David Nettleton was referring to St John’s Street, but he also said the system around the regulation of A-boards in the town as
a whole needed to be

After a constituent complained to him, he visited the road and said there was not room for one person in each direction to pass at the same time.

But Mark Richmond, owner of Bay Tree, one of a number of firms in the street which uses A-boards, said there was no problem with pedestrian access due to his sign, which he said he had placed on the pavement outside his cafe to deter drivers from parking there.

Business leader Mark Cordell said for some independent businesses A-boards were an important way to promote their services.

But he added: “It’s clearly important they don’t present a danger to the public and therefore it’s a balancing act really.”

A borough council spokeswoman said the authority was “yet to find a solution” to resolve the complexity of the various laws and powers around A-boards.

In order to gain approval to use the signs, traders currently have to satisfy the local planning authority as well as notify the highways authority.

The spokeswoman said the council was always keen to support local businesses and, with this in mind, “a light approach has been taken to the enforcement of regulations which has clearly benefitted traders”.

To achieve balance between supporting firms and reducing the risk to shoppers, the council is set to consult with traders and the public on the issue, she said.

Suffolk County Council said each reported obstruction would be looked at individually, adding a distance of 1.8m is required for people to walk through.


  • Two points... The chairs and tables that are illegally placed outside the cafés in St. John's street are more dangerous than the a boards and should be moved ASAP. The town centre committee allow the market traders way too much freedom. The lorries re allowed to park and drive along our pavements nd should be made to contribute to the repairs. Is anyone on the town centre committee man enough to stand up to the traders who drive on the pavements and mke them pay??

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  • We visit the town centre every day, but have yet to see anyone come to any harm with an A board. However, the same cannot be said about the pavements. The worst of these being the stretch from the empty Officers Club down to Iceland. We would all be better served if the Council made the pavements safe, rather than worrying about A boards.

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