The government is urging councils in England to remove unnecessary road signs, railings and advertising boards in a bid to improve street safety (BBC News).
Eric Pickles, communities secretary, has accused ‘over-zealous’ councils of wasting tax payers’ money on signs that blight the local environment and leave motorists confused.
Mr Pickles and Philip Hammond, transport secretary, have written to council leaders urging them to remove the clutter.
Mr Pickles said: “We are being overrun by scruffy signs, bossy bollards, patchwork paving and railed off roads, wasting taxpayers’ money that could be better spent on fixing potholes or keeping council tax down. We need to ‘cut the clutter’.
"Too many overly-cautious town hall officials are citing safety regulations as the reason for cluttering up our streets with an obstacle course when the truth is very little is dictated by law.
"Common sense tells us uncluttered streets have a fresher, authentic feel, which are safer and easier to maintain."
The DfT is reviewing the policy on traffic signs and will issue new advice on how to cut down on the clutter later this year.
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