Pupils help solve Stamford’s A-board issues

A-boards in Stamford High Street. 'Photo: MSMP050214-001ow ENGEMN00120140502134411
A-boards in Stamford High Street. 'Photo: MSMP050214-001ow ENGEMN00120140502134411
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School pupils have been called in to help an action group solve the problem of A-boards littering town centre shopping streets.

Stamford Town Team has been putting together a draft policy on A-board use in the historic centre of Stamford.

Members came up with a simple policy for traders directly on the High Street, limiting them to one A-board each within a short distance of their shop.

But when it came to traders down Stamford’s many lanes, a different policy was needed. Most A-boards are placed in groups at the ends of the lanes causing potential obstructions to pedestrians. So the Town Team decided to find a neat way of advertising all the lanes’ businesses without taking up too much room.

They gave a brief to Stamford Endowed Schools design and technology pupils and on Wednesday met to consider the best designs.

Town Team chairman Tim Lee said: “If you are in the lanes there is no room for an A-board. The solution for them is to provide a display board of some kind at the entrance to each of the lanes.”

At the meeting on Wednesday members saw three prototypes which tackled the brief in different ways. The key issue was to make the a board with interchangeable slots, so retailers could insert their own advert whenever they are open.

The brief also called for the board to be durable, be in keeping with the town’s character and be able to display Town Team logos.

The options will now be shown to Stamford Town Council, along with the lanes retailers, for feedback.

Mr Lee said: “The council is keen to continue working with us. They haven’t seen the kids’ work and there may be some issues around planning.”

Mr Lee said the Town Team was concerntrating primarily on the lanes and High Street shops, as pavements in other areas were generally too narrow to allow A-boards.

Any policy must be approved by the county council before it can be enforced.