Signage Cull Spreads North

Days after politicians and council leaders praised the government’s stance on “unnecessary” signage, which has resulted in the removal of thousands of signs in London, Somerset and Hampshire since October 2011, MPs further north have jumped on the bandwagon.

Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton, believes the Coalition’s efforts to reduce signage clutter was long overdue. Having campaigned for fewer road signs in rural areas for the past two decades, Mr Duncan’s voice has finally been heard.

As Rutland and Melton prepare for a mass removal of road signs, Mr Duncan welcomed Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin’s decision, to instruct local authorities to remove unnecessary signage.

Mr Duncan said: “I have been campaigning for the ripping out of pointless signs for almost 20 years, so I’m extremely heartened that people are now latching onto it.

“Clear and appropriate signs are of course necessary for our roads, but the hodgepodge of ugly metal signs that has sprouted up over recent years spoils our rural environment, wastes money and confuses motorists.”

Mr Duncan added that local authorities should employ common sense when choosing which signs to remove.

Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we welcome a measured campaign to reduce signage clutter, but care should be taken to retain important or useful signs

Focus Groups Established in Hospital Signage Review

A hospital in England has taken the unusual step of consulting the public on plans to amend Directional signage.

Barnsley Hospital has established a number of focus groups, designed to provide members of the public specifically visitors and patients with an opportunity to comment on new designs A revised system of signposting and directional signage will also be subject to public scrutiny.

The hospital’s project manager, Kirsten Woodhouse, explained: “It is really important before we start making any changes that we know what our patients and visitors think, to make sure we are addressing the real issues and coming up with directional signage solutions that are of real use to people coming to the hospital.”

Hospital signposting is certainly important, not least because visitors and patients can easily become lost when searching for wards. Colour coding has worked well in many hospitals throughout the UK, but directional signage needs to be treated with care, to ensure that design does not obfuscate function.

Woodhouse added: “We recognise that some of the directional signage in the hospital is dated. There have been several major changes in the last few years, which are not reflected in our signage.”

Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we applaud Barnsley Hospital’s desire to produce signage that the public will be able to understand

Signage Cull Praised by Ministers

Transport ministers have welcomed the removal of thousands of road signs in England. Last year, officials promised to liberate the country from excessive road signage, otherwise described as “unnecessary clutter,” but can such a move be justified?

Road signs are obviously essential for maintaining health and safety on Britain’s roads, as they provide important information and directions for road users. Too many road signs, however, can cause confusion. More important to residents of rural communities, excessive signage can ruin the aesthetics of an area.

Since restrictions on road signs were lifted in October 2011, Somerset, London and Hampshire have led the way in removing “confusing and ugly” signs. To date, more than 9,000 signs have been removed by local authorities.

In 2014, new laws are expected to be implemented, that give local authorities more control over the location of road signs.

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “There are too many unnecessary signs blotting the landscape of our towns and cities. London, Hampshire and Somerset are a fantastic example and I urge other councils to think about where traffic signs are placed and whether they are needed at all.”

Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we welcome the removal of unnecessary signage, but question whether the clean-up will result in too many important road signs being taken down.

Paper Mill Manager Raises Cash for Tourist Signs

The manager of a paper mill in Hertfordshire briefly overcame her fear of spiders, to take part in a sponsored stunt that aimed to raise cash for Tourist signs.

Sue Woolnough, who is employed by Frogmore Paper Mill as education manager, raised over £800 by letting a large tarantula walk across the palms of her hands.

Ms Woolnough said: “I was amazed I managed to do it. I just had to keep thinking small furry animal and I knew I had to go ahead, as so many people had sponsored me to do it. I would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored me in my efforts to conquer my phobia.”

Of course, the main aim of the stunt was not to cure Ms Woolnough’s arachnophobia but raise money for brown tourist signs that direct motorists to the paper mill in Apsley.

Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we congratulate Ms Woolnough on rising above her fear of spiders to complete the task. Raising more than £800 should contribute towards the cost of the signs, which provide useful information for road users. The Sussex Sign Company specialise in producing signage for all occasions, including directional and informational signs for shops, businesses and charities. If you are a registered charity The Sussex Sign Company is happy to give you a discount of 30% from our standard prices.

Pay-and-Display Sign Obscured by Height Barrier

A motorist who received a  £50 penalty notice after parking his car outside a Tesco Metro in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has won his case at a Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

Fifty-six-year-old John Samuels received the fine after he parked in the pay-and-display car park at Emery Gate Shopping Centre. Mr Samuels failed to notice the pay-and-display sign on entering the car park, so he neglected to pay the requisite  £1 charge.

On returning to his vehicle, Mr Samuels discovered that he had been fined   and subsequently went in search of the pay-and-display sign, which he eventually discovered behind a large height barrier. The barrier obscured at least 50% of the sign, prompting the aggrieved motorist to take a picture, which he sent to Wiltshire Council, along with a cheque for  £1. The council rejected Mr Samuels’ gesture, however, forcing him to appeal to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service.

Describing the pay-and-display sign as “not adequate,” adjudicator, Deborah Gibson, overturned the council’s decision to uphold the fine. Wiltshire Council subsequently changed the location of the pay-and-display sign, making it more noticeable.

Here at The Sussex Sign Company, we are pleased that Mr Samuels won his case. As we understand very well, the positioning of signage is very important for attracting notice