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Advertising boards blocking view of cars when trying to cross the road where traffic is 40mph.

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 18:37, Thursday 16 July 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

When using the island crossing on the Oxford road, There are advertising boards attached to a lamp post outside The tanning and spraying studio, Fairfax centre, Oxford Road. Traffic flows 40mph+. Due to the angling of the road, the boards block the view of oncoming traffic to shorter people who wish to cross East to West. Leaving ‘things’ (including advertising boards) on the highway According to the Highways Act 1980 ( Section 148 and Section 149) it is an offence if ‘a person deposits any thing whatsoever on a highway to the interruption of any user of the highway without lawful authority or excuse or if the thing “constitutes a nuisance” ‘ or constitutes a “danger to users of the highway (including a danger caused by obstructing the view)” then they they can remove it without delay and recover the cost of removal from the owner. This can be used by councils (sometimes) to removed advertising boards.

Unfortunately, this clause is however used far more by councils to make local residents remove posts and painted rocks placed on the verge to stop vehicles parking on them than to remove the cars which I believe could also be covered by the regulation. With A-frames most councils seem to have pretty much given up – one can even find companies selling ‘pavement signs’ openly on the web.

Take photos and send them to the council or put them on Fixmystreet.

Council ref: ENQ20870575

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 18:38, Thursday 16 July 2020

  • Thank you for your report. Our Highways Officer has written to the shop concerned asking for the removal of the boards. Thank you.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:46, Tuesday 11 August 2020

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