Norfolk Street, King's Lynn. Picture: Tony Jones

Controls over A-board advertising on pavements in the borough are likely to be handed-over to West Norfolk Council from the county authority.

If recommendations are approved, traders could be billed around £50 a year to keep an A-board outside their business provided certain criteria are met, including the size of the boards.

Currently it is the highways department of the county council which issues licences to authorise items, including A-boards, tables and chairs and litter bins.

“The dilemma in moving forward with the proposals will be to enable retailers to position A-boards  in a suitable position while balancing the needs of pedestrians, in particular, those with disabilities,” says a report to the regeneration, environment and community panel.

A draft policy outlines the criteria required and the report adds that most of the arrangements would be undertaken by the borough council’s town centre manager.

The A-boards would only be allowed to be displayed during the opening hours of the business.

Any unauthorised street furniture could  be removed by the borough council, once the delegated power has been ratified.