By their very nature A-boards obstruct pedestrians from being able to move in a straight line along the pavement. They present a trip and collision hazard, especially to people who cannot see them and who use mobility aids. 

A-boards are used by businesses and other organisations to position advertising messages at pavement level. Typically a simple stand-alone board on a heavy 'A' shape frame, they are placed across the pavement and in the way of people, in order to attract their attention. 
 
The briefings focus on England but even if you're based in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, we hope they're useful. You can contact you local campaigns team for more information.
 

All the facts (and what we think of them!)

We've put together all the relevant facts we could find on Advertising boards and the law.
A Boards briefing (Word, 177KB)
 

How to start a local campaign

Having a problem with A-boards on pavements in your local area? You can download our guide to starting a campaign. The Guide contains all the relevant knowledge and a few ideas to get you started in your campaign.
What can I do about... A boards (Word, 177KB)
 

Template letter

If you're having a problem in your area with a-boards, you'll probably want to raise the matter with the local authority. feel free to use our template letter to do so, just remember to change it to fit your circumstances...
Pavement obstructions template letter (Word, 32KB)
 

Further information

For more information about what's going on in your local area or the contact details of your local member of the Campaigns team check out our regional pages.

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