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Town ends threat to ban ad boards

A-boards in Henley
The council has received complaints from blind and disabled people

A council in South Oxfordshire has decided not to ban pavement advertising boards after a campaign by traders.

Henley-on-Thames Town Council was considering banning the A-boards after hearing they were making it difficult for people to get along the pavement.

At a meeting on Tuesday councillors voted not to go ahead with the ban.

Lorraine Hillier, who runs a coffee shop in the town, presented a 500 signature petition opposing the ban at the meeting.

"It is such a good result, I'm so pleased", she said.

"I just wanted some dialogue with traders before considering the ban.

"These boards are vital to business."

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