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Council crackdown on Dundee pavement obstructions

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Image caption The council will ask businesses to remove street advertising boards

Dundee businesses which block pavements with advertising boards are being targeted by the city council.

The local authority will write to retailers, cafes and other businesses asking them to ensure that there are no obstacles outside their premises.

The council said the move was for the benefit of people with visual impairments and mobility issues, and parents with buggies.

The campaign has been welcomed by the Dundee Blind Society.

Its acting manager, Fiona Finlayson, said: "We are completely behind Dundee City Council's efforts to rid our streets of what are very real hazards to blind and partially sighted people.

"It is a significant enough challenge for some people with impaired sight to simply walk down a busy city centre pavement without having to negotiate an assault course of A-boards and other signage."

'Obstructions removed'

Will Dawson, the council's city development convener, said he fully understood local businesses' need to advertise.

He said: "However, as a council we also have to balance the needs of people with visual impairment, mobility issues and parents with buggies all of whom can find various forms of pavement advertising, especially A-boards, a challenge to negotiate.

"It has long been council policy, and in fact the law of the land, that nothing should be put in a road or pavement that causes an obstruction and over the years we have periodically inspected for them as well as acting on complaints.

"As a last resort we have the power to have obstructions removed but it is something that I'm sure everyone would prefer retailers to act responsibly on."

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