Official notice given on A-board removal

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Businesses in and around Oban using unauthorised free-standing advertising boards (A-boards) or signs have been given 28 days, from July 16, to obtain advertisement consent, Road Authority consent or risk having them removed.

Argyll and Bute council’s Planning Enforcement Officer  Jamie Torrance sent a letter to affected businesses last Wednesday.

It urged anyone who has not yet done so to seek to obtain advertisement consent or Road Authority approval – for any premises fronting onto a trunk road.

Reminders will be issued in mid-August and any signs that do not have permission by late-August/early-September will be removed.

Businesses not granted permission will have priority on the new, raised notice boards, managed by BID4Oban, that come courtesy of a £44,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund.

The notice boards, managed by BID4Oban, will be to the same specification as the street furniture installed during the Oban town centre improvements some years ago.

Businesses on side-streets will have priority over advertising on the boards, which will also include maps.

The policy for street signs can be found on the council website: