Councils told to cut unnecessary street signs

Wirral Globe: Councils told to cut unnecessary street signs Councils told to cut unnecessary street signs

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ rant about “over-zealous” councils wasting money on highway clutter has been slapped down by Wirral highways chief Harry Smith.

The Government is urging councils across England to cut unnecessary road signs, railing and advertising hoardings in a bid to makes streets tidier and safer.

Mr Pickles insisted that lots of signs were unsightly, unnecessary and could leave motorists confused.

Councils have been contacted and urged to cut the clutter.

Mr Pickles said: “Our streets are losing their English character. We are being over-run by scruffy signs, bossy bollards, patchwork paving and railed-off roads – wasting taxpayers’ money that could be better off fixing potholes or keeping council tax down.

“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.”

He added: “Commons sense tells us uncluttered streets have a fresher, freer authentic feel, which are safer and easier to maintain.”

Councillor Smith insisted that much of what the Government suggested on highway signage was already carried out in Wirral.

“We only put up signage when it is absolutely necessary,” he said.

“We try to do it in a way that is both helpful to the road users and sensitive to the local environment.”

Councillor Smith stressed that the Government was not proposing to provide any further funding for local authorities to carry out their suggestions.

He said: “In the current financial climate |I think there are more pressing demands on the council’s budget than funding this work ourselves.”

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4:03pm Mon 14 Jan 13

johnhardaker says...

Well done Mr Pickles it is not before time somebody told wirral council to stop putting up the plethora of road signs that we already have enough.
Having traveled through numerous counties in the UK.Scotland & Ireland I have never seen more signs per kilometer than there are on the Wirral. Signs that light up to tell you there is a bend,30mph speed limit, how many accidents there have been over the last three years & updated every year, what a waste of time & money, The 20mph signs which are unenforceable & numerous other's which once they are in place are very rarely cleaned so nobody can read them anyway.
I think Councilor Smith must think all residents are either half blind or stupid or he has shares in a sign company I don't know which anyway the less signs the better as far as I concerned a motorist of 50 years standing.
Well done Mr Pickles it is not before time somebody told wirral council to stop putting up the plethora of road signs that we already have enough. Having traveled through numerous counties in the UK.Scotland & Ireland I have never seen more signs per kilometer than there are on the Wirral. Signs that light up to tell you there is a bend,30mph speed limit, how many accidents there have been over the last three years & updated every year, what a waste of time & money, The 20mph signs which are unenforceable & numerous other's which once they are in place are very rarely cleaned so nobody can read them anyway. I think Councilor Smith must think all residents are either half blind or stupid or he has shares in a sign company I don't know which anyway the less signs the better as far as I concerned a motorist of 50 years standing. johnhardaker

4:06pm Mon 14 Jan 13

bigfoot says...

It wasnt common sense that put up the enormous yellow monstrosities telling us how many crashes in past years.
Apart from ugly they are a distractio.
It wasnt common sense that put up the enormous yellow monstrosities telling us how many crashes in past years. Apart from ugly they are a distractio. bigfoot

4:54pm Mon 14 Jan 13

barrier36 says...

Sign of the times
Sign of the times barrier36

5:42pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

I do hope the Council keep a good tally on the ones scrapped, we need the cash from the scrap metal value.

And of course if the stuck a spare pole in each and every pothole, that would slow the traffic down, no need for the 20 is plenty warnings.

And as they no longer cut the grass verges, or the hedgerows, the blind bends become very exciting for the speed merchants.

Chaos and mayhem just about par for Wirral Borough Council, the worst managed and governed borough council in the whole of Great Britain, well done.
I do hope the Council keep a good tally on the ones scrapped, we need the cash from the scrap metal value. And of course if the stuck a spare pole in each and every pothole, that would slow the traffic down, no need for the 20 is plenty warnings. And as they no longer cut the grass verges, or the hedgerows, the blind bends become very exciting for the speed merchants. Chaos and mayhem just about par for Wirral Borough Council, the worst managed and governed borough council in the whole of Great Britain, well done. Hugo1008

1:46am Tue 15 Jan 13

Arris says...

I would be quite happy to take Councillor Smith out and about in Wallasey (In my car or on foot at no cost to WBC) and show him the hundreds of useless signs that should be removed. If he would like to take up my my offer, please reply here and I will email him directly.
I would be quite happy to take Councillor Smith out and about in Wallasey (In my car or on foot at no cost to WBC) and show him the hundreds of useless signs that should be removed. If he would like to take up my my offer, please reply here and I will email him directly. Arris

4:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

LocaLGovwatcher says...

Suggest WBC cut their unnecessary councillors whilst cutting the street signs.

Twice the fun, two savings in one!
Suggest WBC cut their unnecessary councillors whilst cutting the street signs. Twice the fun, two savings in one! LocaLGovwatcher

4:26pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

Local Govwatcher:

I would support that whole heatedly, Just think in a few days they are planning to appoint two more to replace the vacancies.

Like we need another two snouts in the trough of plenty, I just hope the do not belong to any of the so called Main Political Parties, we need Councilors to represent the people not Politics.
Local Govwatcher: I would support that whole heatedly, Just think in a few days they are planning to appoint two more to replace the vacancies. Like we need another two snouts in the trough of plenty, I just hope the do not belong to any of the so called Main Political Parties, we need Councilors to represent the people not Politics. Hugo1008

4:38pm Thu 17 Jan 13

PaulCa says...

Dear Councillor Smith - as you're fully aware, this is another non-story courtesy of big Eric.

Here is the single most pressing demand on the council's budget - accountability, which is central to the public interest and crucial for the wider public good.

A year on from Klonowski, we ain't had it yet.

We need a long overdue reckoning for the councillors / officers, whose identities are still hidden or protected within the (compromised from the start) Klonowski report, who were responsible, separately or collectively, for the repeated long term abuse of disabled people; bullying; the abuse of power, and the targeting and removal of public spirited whistleblowers from their livelihoods.

The public can get a whiff of what was going on if they go to the council website and look at the conflict of interest declarations made (or not made) by e.g. a previous chair of the Health & Wellbeing Overview & Scrutiny Committee. SCRUTINISE they did not. Shouldn't laugh but Haha. Hurry up and look in case they're removed from view.

Once we've restored safety and protection for our vulnerable people by getting rid of this corrosive, abusive dead wood, feeding off public money, the cash saved will be freed up to install a big expensive sign (lit through the night) on Brighton Street outside the Town Hall:

"Your are now entering an ACCOUNTABILITY ZONE - "x" (figure changes with time) number of councillors / senior officers were unceremoniously removed from public office, and details of previous roles as civic dignitaries struck from the record, and were made responsible for their corruption and malfeasance RIGHT HERE in AD2013"
Dear Councillor Smith - as you're fully aware, this is another non-story courtesy of big Eric. Here is the single most pressing demand on the council's budget - accountability, which is central to the public interest and crucial for the wider public good. A year on from Klonowski, we ain't had it yet. We need a long overdue reckoning for the councillors / officers, whose identities are still hidden or protected within the (compromised from the start) Klonowski report, who were responsible, separately or collectively, for the repeated long term abuse of disabled people; bullying; the abuse of power, and the targeting and removal of public spirited whistleblowers from their livelihoods. The public can get a whiff of what was going on if they go to the council website and look at the conflict of interest declarations made (or not made) by e.g. a previous chair of the Health & Wellbeing Overview & Scrutiny Committee. SCRUTINISE they did not. Shouldn't laugh but Haha. Hurry up and look in case they're removed from view. Once we've restored safety and protection for our vulnerable people by getting rid of this corrosive, abusive dead wood, feeding off public money, the cash saved will be freed up to install a big expensive sign (lit through the night) on Brighton Street outside the Town Hall: "Your are now entering an ACCOUNTABILITY ZONE - "x" (figure changes with time) number of councillors / senior officers were unceremoniously removed from public office, and details of previous roles as civic dignitaries struck from the record, and were made responsible for their corruption and malfeasance RIGHT HERE in AD2013" PaulCa

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