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