Traders in Sherborne St John, on the busy A340 from Basingstoke to Aldermaston, have contacted their local MP in connection with enforcement action taken by Basingstoke and Deane Council.
"Small business are an important part of the local economy, and they need to be able to advertise their existence and to reach their customers. Some of them, on the A340, are set back from the road, so need signs near the road to promote themselves and help customers find them"
"They have placed mobile signs near the road, and this has helped attract passing trade. Recently, Basingstoke and Deane have started to take enforcement action and to ask them to remove the signs."
"I am sure there is a way through here, that allows traders to do what is necessary, but without causing planning or environmental difficulties. Paul Smith has recently handed in a petition signed by 18 small and medium-sized businesses, and I hope Basingstoke will sit round a table with the traders and try and find a way through."