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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   Residents and parish councils were asked to help identify unnecessary or out-of-date signage or other items of street furniture.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clutter makes it more difficult for pedestrians to negotiate our pavements and to cross the road, while excessive or out-of-date signage is unhelpful and potentially confusing for drivers.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 everyone.”

 

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 highways.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk.

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