Street Clutter Campaign Removes Over 100 Signs
Bedford Borough Council’s campaign against street clutter has
seen over 100 unnecessary road signs, railings and bollards removed
from roadsides in the borough since being launched by Mayor Dave
Hodgson just over three months ago. Residents and
parish councils were asked to help identify unnecessary or
out-of-date signage or other items of street furniture. The Mayor
has also worked with the local branch of the Campaign for the
Protection of Rural England, which campaigns for the removal of
street clutter. The project has brought about remarkable
results, and more signs are expected to be removed over the coming
months as the campaign continues.
Commenting after viewing the items collected in the campaign so
far, the Mayor said: “The amount of street clutter we have
removed in just the first few months of this campaign just goes to
show how sorely needed this work is. Unnecessary street
clutter makes it more difficult for pedestrians to negotiate our
pavements and to cross the road, while excessive or out-of-date
signage is unhelpful and potentially confusing for drivers.
“The signs removed through the campaign so far include one
informing drivers of a ‘New Road Layout’ which was new over ten
years ago, but certainly isn’t now.
“Local residents and parish councils have supported this scheme
and brought many signs and other street clutter to our attention.
We continue to encourage people to let us know of any unnecessary
or unlawful signage they are aware of, and we will continue in this
task of making our pavements and roadsides clearer for
Residents who wish to report any obsolete road signage or other
street furniture are asked to contact the Council on 01234 228661
or to email the Highways Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.