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Photo #183639

[Image taken 18.6.22] Bootham Bar, St Leonard's Place/High Petergate, York. Context and links: #183638. The Council's A board policy (aimed at businesses) says: "There is a necessity to ensure that the primary purpose of the public highway is achieved and upheld (to pass and repass without let or hindrance). The council has duties under both Highway and Equality legislation and wants to respond proactively to them. We must ensure that the highway provides safe access and movement for all and manage the risks/hazards associated with obstruction." However, it does not follow its own policies. (See also: #181697.) The reasons for having an A board policy are also applicable to banning non-essential notices such as boards about events: "...the placement of ‘A’ Boards on the public highway creates many issues, in particular the potential to present an obstruction and safety hazard to users. This is a substantial problem for those with mobility impairment, such as the blind and partially sighted, wheelchair users and people with prams/pushchairs. The volume of pedestrian/foot traffic in the city centre in particular is significant, at capacity in some places and at certain times. In many locations the street environment is simply not suited to accommodating additional, non essential features. Whilst the footstreets provide extensive space for pedestrians overall, the demands remain challenging, including the need for certain motor vehicles to have access (refuse collection/essential maintenance). There is an ongoing commitment to reduce street clutter overall in the city, with many items of council approved street furniture (signage/poles) having being removed in recent years. There is a need to create good impressions of the city for both residents and visitors, to protect the historic environment and respect the many listed buildings, interesting and vibrant public streets and spaces. Together these make York an attractive place to live in and visit."

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