Areas of Law / General Legal Advice

Where I live some shopkeepers have taken to placing advertising boards on the pavements, which are already cluttered with traffic signs and telegraph poles. It means pedestrians, including those with mobility problems, often have to go into the road to get round them. Isn’’t it illegal to obstruct the highway like this?

There are often local by-laws in place to tackle this problem, but in any case councils have powers to keep the pavements clear under section 137 of the Highways Act, under which anyone wilfully obstructing the highway (including pavements) can be fined. The council should send someone out to inspect the problem if you notify them and will take the matter further if they think your complaint is justified.

What our clients say about our lawyers

The advice provided was excellent and helped me in making key decisions.

A Satisfied Client

Read More

About Us

Leading legal advisors, problem solvers – all round good guys! We’re firm believers in a practical, no nonsense approach to law. Forget the jargon, we like to keep it simple – why complicate matters? No stress, no worry, just straightforward solutions to your legal issues. Free legal advice at your fingertips, from the experts to your inbox. is owned and operated by Farleys Solicitors LLP, a member of The Law Society and is regulated in the practice of law by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Registration No: 484687. Any advice given on this site or in response to any question is only applicable to the law of England and Wales.

Privacy Policy | Terms