THE SAGA of A-boards in Chichester city centre could be coming to an end, as designs are submitted for replacement signs.
Plans to prosecute unlawful A-boards were approved by Chichester District Council last year.
Since then, the Chichester BID (business improvement district) has worked with other groups to bring in a replacement for the boards, which many shopowners said were vital for their businesses’ survival.
Chairman of the city centre partnership Andrew Finnamore said: “With several parties around the table, it is unsurprising that progress has been so slow on these signage improvements, but we finally feel as though we’re making progress.
“There will be visible changes in the street signage around the city centre and we look forward to unveiling more over the next few months.”
The BID said the plans were part of the programme to replace A-boards and improve signs in the city centre.
A statement released by the BID said: “The aim has been to find solutions to all the signage in the city centre which, over time, has become obsolete, shabby, in need of improvement and has resulted in a prolific increase in businesses doing their own promotion through A-boards.”
As part of the application, finger posts are planned for directing people towards tourist attractions, public toilets and car parks.
Also, signs to promote shops are proposed for Crane Street, St Martin’s Street, Little London, St Pancras, the Hornet and Cooper Street.
The BID also said new maps would be available and visible on the mapboards around the city.
Angela Parker, who owns Lanes End Cafe, in St Martin’s Street, previously said her A-board brought in a large number of customers. “It’s been okay during the summer, but winter’s coming up and without the A-board, it’s going to be really difficult,”she said.