Council clears out illegal ads on Guildhall St

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Lincolnshire County Council officials on Thursday cleared out A-board advertising signs on Lincoln’s Guildhall Street that were deemed obstructive.

Several fast food outlets are situated on the pedestrianised street that joins the High Street at the Stonebow.

The council said it’s an offence to obstruct the road with advertising signs that could be dangerous for those with sight problems.

Officials wrote to the businesses on the street, warning them to remove their obstructive signs, but some have ignored the request, prompting the council’s action.

Mark Welsh, Area Highways Manager, said: “It is an offence to obstruct the highway with advertising signs.

“These restrictions are needed to help ensure everyone’s safety and convenience, especially those who are blind or partially sighted.

“Everyone on Guildhall Street has been written to previously about this. Those who have ignored our requests have had these illegal signs removed.”

One shop owner on the street, who asked not to be named, told The Lincolnite the move would cost his shop hundreds of pounds in lost customers.