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Counties ignore road clutter plea - CPRE

Wednesday 04 May 2005

A CAMPAIGN to clear up roadside clutter which is disfiguring many rural highways has been ignored by most English county councils, including those in Yorkshire, according to the Council to Protect Rural England.

Last year, the CPRE circularised ever highway authority asking them to cut down on roadside clutter by placing fewer signs or by putting several signs on a single post.

Clutter, said the campaign, was not only disfiguring the landscape but was confusing drivers, making country roads more dangerous rather than safer, the object of the exercise.

However, a year later, the CPRE reports that tha vast majority of highway authorities, most of them county councils, have failed to join the campaign. Only Hertfordshire and West Sussex have signed up, with Suffolk supporting some but not all of the proposed measures.

"We are very disappointed," said Paul Hamblin, the CPRE's head of transport policy.


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