Footways in towns are known as pavements, and are constructed and provided for pedestrian use. Powys County Council has a responsibility to keep the footways safe to use.
The Council has a duty to assert and protect the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway for which they are the highway authority.
In many towns a vibrant street scene can be beneficial to local businesses and enhance the experience of visitors and shoppers. Displays of goods, advertising signs and tables and chairs placed within pedestrianised areas and footways can greatly add to the sense of life and vitality but can also impede pedestrians and in some cases can be hazardous for the disabled and visually impaired.
In controlling the placing of items on footways and pedestrian areas the Council wishes to act in an even-handed and consistent manner, recognising the potential conflict between pedestrians and traders but always putting the safety and amenity of the public first.
The County Council has adopted a policy that, where available, a minimum clear footway width of 1.5 metres must be maintained, with the provision of 3 metres clear at bus stops and a specific minimum of 0.9m imposed at single objects and localised obstructions such as street furniture.
Footways are constructed for pedestrian use. Powys County Council has a responsibility to ensure that obstructions are removed.
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