A charity has backed Kirklees Council’s crackdown on pavement clutter.
Guide Dogs, a charity that trains dogs for blind and partially sighted people, has welcomed the council’s proposals to remove A-boards on pavements.
Kirklees has faced criticism for the move, which they say will help them ‘de-clutter’ the town centre and improve safety.
But town centre traders have branded it a money-making scheme as the council have said that businesses can have A-boards if they pay for a licence.
Guide Dogs, formerly known as Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, welcomed the council move.
Debbie Linford, local Community Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs said: “We understand the commercial value that the boards have and that it is cheaper than many other forms of advertising, but we are concerned that pavements should be clear for all pedestrians especially those in our society who are most vulnerable.
“Whilst Guide Dogs are trained to go around pavement hazards and onto the road if necessary, doing so puts both dog and owner in danger, or at the very least, feeling unsafe because of the close proximity of passing traffic.”
The charity is also campaigning for motorists not to park on pavements and pointed to a recent survey which showed that 97% of blind and partially sighted pedestrians have experienced problems with obstructions on the pavement.
Kirklees says a licence for an A-board will cost £106.25.
Colne Valley community spirit is definitely alive and well after Marsden residents rallied round on Facebook to raise crucial funds for a charity shop facing action by Kirklees Council over advertising boards.
Tia Greyhound charity shop manager, Jane Frost ,was left heartbroken last month after learning that the charity would have to foot the bill if it wanted to keep advertising the shop to shoppers with the A-boards from September onwards.
Part-hidden down Brougham Road, a small street that adjoins the main thoroughfare of Peel Street, she was worried that the shop could lose a considerable amount of business unless they dug into their limited savings which they rely on to save the lives of abused greyhounds and other dogs.
But local resident Paul Walker came up with a suggestion of finding supporters to drop off £1 at the shop to help them reach the fee.
This was followed by several more posts of offers to help and then a benefactor offered to foot the rest of the bill.