Remove 'danger' advert boards, say campaigners
PUBLISHED: 17:25 01 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:10 14 October 2010
MARKET traders and campaigners for blind people are calling for 'dangerous' advertising boards to be removed from a busy Archway thoroughfare. The two boards are rented to advertising firm Primesight by Transport for London (TfL) and stand near the juncti
MARKET traders and campaigners for blind people are calling for "dangerous" advertising boards to be removed from a busy Archway thoroughfare.
The two boards are rented to advertising firm Primesight by Transport for London (TfL) and stand near the junction of Holloway Road and St John's Grove, where Archway Market is held every Saturday.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has vowed to "de-clutter" the capital's streets to make them more negotiable for residents and tourists as part of his £220million Great Outdoors programme launched last November.
Elizabeth Jones, of Talking News Islington, an audio news service for blind people, said: "This area is dangerous for visually-impaired, blind and other vulnerable citizens. It is bad enough to negotiate this area normally, but on market days they totally spoil the enjoyment of shopping which we so look forward to at the weekends."
Stephanie Smith, manager of Archway Market, who claims to have the backing of Islington North MP Jeremy North for the campaign, said: "Tfl control the largest advertising medium in the capital but it seems that still isn't enough. I hope they listen to us."
Junction ward councillor Arthur Graves added: "If the most important aim for an organisation such as TfL is getting people moving from A to B and on, placing deliberate hazards in their path seems an odd way to progress this."
A Tfl spokesman said: "As part of its ongoing work to improve the urban realm across London, TfL is currently reviewing signs, bollards and guardrails located along the TfL road network. TfL will include the poster boards along Holloway Road as part of this review.