Councils’ efforts to remove unnecessary traffic signs will be recognised through a new award which will be presented at the annual CIHT Awards on 13 June.
The new Reducing Signs Clutter Award, launched yesterday (18 March) by Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, is part of the Government’s drive to cut the number of signs littering towns, cities and the countryside. Many local authorities are already getting rid of roadside clutter but the Government wants to see more action to make old and confusing signs a thing of the past.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “Pointless signs blot our landscape, confuse motorists, and are expensive to maintain.
“This new award is about recognising and showcasing the good work being done by local authorities across the country, and I urge councils who are taking action to tackle this problem to put themselves forward. I want these examples to inspire other councils to improve their streets and public spaces.”
The Reducing Signs Clutter Award will be presented at the 2013 CIHT Awards ceremony on 13 June in London.
Entries are open to local authorities in England who can demonstrate that they have taken steps to: improve the environment by providing less clutter; make savings in sign maintenance costs; conduct a sign audit to establish if signs need replacing; and remove signs that are no longer of use.
Click here for more information or to enter the award. The closing date for entries is 18 April.