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Roadside clutter

Monday, 01 October 2012 10:31

This advertising van was repeated parked at a layby near Thame This advertising van was repeated parked at a layby near Thame Photo: © Mike Tyce

Road signs provide essential information for road users and promote road safety. But increasingly there are too many signs. Some are officially sanctioned, but many more are unofficial advertising. Each sign is no doubt introduced with the best of intentions, but such clutter can create confusion, distract motorists and deface the rural landscape.

Artificial gates, flashing illuminated signs, coloured road surfaces, rumble strips, speed humps, chicanes of planters: when used together, they disfigure villages and roadsides and they’re expensive to install and maintain. A balance is needed. Essential signs should of course be maintained but they need to be sensitive to the character of the surrounding countryside.

A particularly ugly recent phenomenon is the growing number of advertising hoardings in fields by the roadside, and old vans emblazoned with advertising which park more or less permanently in laybys.  To report an illegally parked advertising van to the authorities you need to have observed it twice during the day perhaps on your way to work or the shops and on the way back. Take photos of it to prove it hasn’t moved. The authorities then have enough information to contact the advertiser and get it removed.

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