A LEIGH sunbed salon has questioned the council’s commitment to supporting local business after its advertising board was confiscated.
Enforcement officers removed the A-board from outside Sunseekers, on Bradshawgate, earlier this month after placing a notice on it the day before warning it would be taken.
The move, which will cost the company £165 to have the board returned, has shocked staff at the firm, who claim the prominent board is a key part of attracting customers.
However, Wigan Council has said A-boards are illegal anywhere on the public highway and enforcement officers would remove any that they spotted or reported as causing a nuisance by the public.
Sunseekers’ director Peggy Smith said: “The council said they had attached a warning notice but when the staff brought the board in that evening there was no sign of it, it should have been handed in or posted to us.
“I don’t see why our A-board is an obstruction when there is a large council flower planter on the pavement as well.”
But assistant director of infrastructure, Mark Tilley, said: “All free-standing A-boards placed on the footway are illegal on the public highway.
“These obstructions cause problems for all users of the footway, particularly the visually and mobility impaired members of our society. The council has a duty of care to keep footways clear of such obstructions.”
To find out more about the council’s advertising policies, visit www.wigan.gov.uk and search under parking, roads and travel.