Retail & signage
An issue that
members regularly raise is the way in which
indiscriminate signage – both official and unofficial
– often creates a visual nightmare, spoiling our
otherwise attractive town centre.
There are far too many official signs, with new ones
seeming to appear without warning, and often with
apparently little purpose. The problem is aggravated
by a tendency to put each on its own pole, creating an
obstacle course for pedestrians and a confusing jumble
for motorists. Almost as bad is the attachment of
additional permanent signage to existing poles without
any attempt to rationalise the information, perhaps
using a single well designed sign.
Unofficial signs – perhaps advertising one off events
- can be a nuisance but are seldom left up for long. A
much greater problem is the excessive use of A-Boards
put out by traders, often a long way from their own
The Horsham Society has been pressing for action to
curb this menace for years so West Sussex and Horsham
councils are to be congratulated for finally
introducing a licensing scheme for a six month trial.
This allows authorised businesses to display a single
A board adjacent to and within one metre of their
premises. The impact and improvement can already be
seen, particularly in Middle Street and West Street.