Street Clutter

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to reduce street clutter erected by local highway authorities.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport recognises that over-provision or poor design of signs and street furniture can lead to clutter. We therefore encourage local authorities to avoid unnecessary street clutter through our Local Transport Plan guidance and through the design guidance we provide. Guidance on minimising clutter is given in the Traffic Signs Manual and in the "Streets for All" guides produced with English Heritage.

We are strengthening our guidance in new publications such as the Manual for Streets, which will encourage a fresh approach to residential street design; good practice guidance on the use of pedestrian guardrails; and guidance on how to reduce the impact of traffic management measures on the street scene.

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