Campaign to clear clutter

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A CAMPAIGN is set to be launched encouraging Sheffield residents to nominate unnecessary signs, railings and advertising hoardings for removal in a bid to cut street clutter.

Sheffield Council is spending £20,000 on the initiative following a call by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Simon Green, an executive director at the council who oversees Sheffield’s highways department, is proposing a ‘Silly Signs and Guardrail’ campaign to raise public perception of the issue and find out where people think changes should be made.

He said: “A reduction in the volume of street furniture will improve the ability of people to move around. Removal of unnecessary signs and rails will improve the visual aspect of the streets of Sheffield.

Work to remove clutter, recommended for approval by the council’s cabinet tomorrow, would result in extra costs for the council but Mr Green said there would be savings in the long term because of having fewer structures to maintain.