South Scotland

Scottish Borders Council sets sights on street signs

Galashiels street scene Image copyright Google

A council is to consider banning street signage in an effort to improve road safety.

Scottish Borders Council said it was also considering permits for outdoor tables and chairs to ensure they were placed in "sensible" locations.

The local authority said it was considering establishing "tolerance zones" for some signs in certain conditions.

Councillors will consider the proposals on Tuesday 1 November.

A report into the use of signage in towns across the area recommended that councillors did not ban unauthorised signs, banners, posters, sandwich boards and other obstructions.

'Distract motorists'

Instead, it recommended the creation of "no banner zones" for areas where signs could pose a road safety concern.

However, unauthorised signage for commercial events and organisations would be banned completely, unless an application for formal planning consent was made.

Councillor Gordon Edgar said: "The council recognises the pressures on local businesses but it also acknowledges that unauthorised signage erected in areas which could distract motorists and obstruct pedestrians presents significant safety issues."

A report on high street tables and chairs also recommended introducing a three-year trial for a permit system.

Councillor Edgar added: "We are keen to encourage a 'café culture' on High Streets throughout the region and acknowledge that good quality tables and chairs can enhance a townscape.

"However, it is important that tables and chairs are placed in sensible and safe locations, do not diminish the look of town centres and do not impact on pedestrian safety, particular those who are disabled."

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