Rutland Access Group raises concerns about A-boards on Oakham and Uppingham footpaths

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A group has raised its concerns about advertising A-boards that are obstructing the pavements of Oakham and Uppingham.

At its annual general meeting, Rutland Access Group members discussed the dangers which are created by the obstacles for those with pushchairs, mobility scooters and wheelchairs. The boards can often lead to a diversion onto the road where pavements are narrow.

The group has now contacted Rutland County Council and Oakham Town Council about the problem and is hoping the authorities act on it.

Rutland Access Group chairman Karen Mellor said: “We all understand the need for businesses to promote their existence but there is a need to consider the needs of all who use the pavements, particularly those that have any mobility requirements.”

Uppingham mayor Coun David Casewell, who is a member of the group’s committee, said he was aware of the problem in Uppingham and will look to address the issue.