HIGHWAYS agency AMEY has defended a mail drop which saw all businesses on the A77 receive a letter informing owners they were identified as having unauthorised advertising signs on pavements.
The letter sent out last week implied that the major roads maintenance contractor would remove advertising signs and would fine businesses if they were not collected within 14 days of receiving the letter.
One angry shop owner from Girvan’s Dalrymple Street, who wished to remain anonymous, was furious when the letter arrived.
They explained: “I couldn’t believe it when the letter arrived. As I read it I thought I was being fined for having an advertising sign outside my business when I actually don’t have a sign on the pavement.
“It was a bit of a shock to receive it, I must admit, and I’d argue that Amey should perhaps look at how they word their letters like this and would be better off targeting the businesses responsible.
“The letter said they had received complaints about advertising signs on the pavements, so surely they would know what shop was responsible and could have sent the letter to them and not all of us. I was very upset and thought people had made up lies that we had advertising signs on the pavement when we don’t.”
Amey which manages and maintains the A77 on behalf of Transport Scotland, launched an initiative to improve the accessibility of footpaths for vulnerable pedestrians.
They argue temporary advertising signs pose a hazard to pedestrians including the elderly, mothers with prams, and the visually impaired as the signs can change position, or fall over.
Colin Mackenzie, account director for Amey said: “Pedestrians, particularly those with visual or mobility impairment identify permanent obstructions such as bus stops and fixed planters and plan their route accordingly - this plan is ineffectual when businesses place signage of a temporary nature on the street.”
“The A77 near Girvan has been identified as a hotspot for unauthorised signage on pedestrian routes. It is vital that pavements are kept clear of any obstructions which could pose a hazard to pedestrians. If shop keepers would like to display signs on the A77 they should apply through the correct channels to obtain permission.”
Amey say a blanket letter drop ensures that all businesses are made aware of the standard operating process.