From 1 January 2016 there is a 12 month advertising board (‘A’ board) ban being trialled in four key areas of Bradford District. These are
For all other areas in the district, the current Code of Practice for advertising boards as stipulated below will still stand. After the 12 month period, the trial ban will be reviewed and a decision will be made by the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee in November/December 2016 on whether to make the ban permanent or not.
If your ‘A’ board has been removed by the Council from the public highway and you would like to have it returned, there is a £200 charge to cover the cost of removal and temporary storage. Please note there is a 1.5% surcharge for payments using credit cards, but no surcharge for debit cards). Payment can be carried out using the Council's online payment system.
The link above explains how to pay and where you can retrieve your A board/s from.
Advertising Boards (better known as ‘A’ Boards) and the display of goods on the highway pavements are traditional ways for businesses to promote and display their goods within commercial districts, often adding to the amenity and atmosphere of the street scene.
Bradford Council recognises that some traders wish to use these means to promote their business activities. However, it is important that the number, size and positioning of items on the pavements are regulated to ensure that they enhance the street scene and do not cause difficulties for pedestrians, particularly those with impaired vision or mobility problems, older people or those with young children.
The following Code of Practice has been produced with the intention of achieving a reasonable balance between the needs of both businesses and pedestrians and gives general guidance on Bradford Council’s enforcement policy.
The Council wishes to work with businesses and the community to achieve a sensible and practical solution for both the use of advertising boards and the display of goods on the footway of a public highway.
The Code of Practice has the support of the Town & City Centre Management and the local business forum. Any complaints will be monitored and the success of the Code will be reviewed regularly.
If this Code is not successful it may be replaced by a stricter enforcement policy or a more restrictive statutory licensing regime involving an annual charge.
Under Section 149 of the Highways Act 1980, a highway authority has the power to immediately remove from a highway pavement anything which it reasonably considers constitutes a danger to highway users and ought to be removed without delay.
It can also recover the costs of doing so. Under Section 137 of the same Act, a highway authority can prosecute any person who obstructs the free passage of the highway pavement. Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 states that it is an offence to place goods for sale on a footway.
The Code of Practice aims to minimize the need for exercising these powers; however compliance does not guarantee that all advertising boards and displays will be lawful.
Although Bradford Council aims to permit A-boards and shop displays that do comply, it may be obliged to take enforcement action in certain circumstances. If this happens fair warning shall be given before any action is taken. Obstructions which do not comply with the Code will be liable to prompt enforcement action.
The following conditions are applicable to placing Advertising Boards on the highway and must be adhered to in all cases. Every ‘A’ Board should comply with these key principles:
The following conditions apply specifically to the displays of goods on the footway of a public highway:
No selling or trading will be permitted upon the highway. All transactions must take place within the trading establishment.
These general conditions may not be appropriate in every circumstance.
Advertising boards and shop displays may need to be removed during events, to permit maintenance of street works or for other reasonable cause. Any additional requirement by the Council, the Police or Emergency Services, including removal of any items, must also be complied with.
Any advertising board that is deemed to be causing a nuisance or obstruction will have a yellow “Illegal removal notice” placed on it. This notice will demand the item be removed within 7 days. Failure to do so will result in the item being removed and disposed of by the Council. The Council may charge anything from £25 and above for the removal of an item from the highway
Where an ‘A’ Board or a shop display breaches this Code but it does not constitute a danger, or a nuisance, the owner will be requested to remove or reposition it, in accordance with this Code. If the problem persists, the Council may serve a notice requiring the unlawful obstruction to be removed. If such a notice is not obeyed, the Council can remove the item and charge the person responsible. We may also prosecute the person responsible.
If any ‘A’ Board sign or display is deemed to be unlawful and an immediate danger, it will be removed without giving any prior notice to the owners. The Council has powers to place permanent items such as road signs, trees and seats on the highway.
The Council also issues licenses such as permits for a number of items to be temporarily placed in the highway areas, including those for erecting of scaffolding, the placing of builder's skips or for street cafes. When issued those licenses and their terms override this Code.
The purpose of this Code is to advise whether the placing of advertising signs and the display of goods in the highway will be permitted. It does not extend to other items.
The procedures and requirements specified within this Code may be modified, altered or amended at any times Bradford Council deems appropriate