Many of our streets are littered with signage poles. A significant opportunity to do something about this lies in the latest version of the statutory guidance Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD). This specifically aims to reducing signage clutter, particularly eliminating the need for signs mounted on poles to show parking and loading restrictions. Perhaps most irksome of all are the dozens of bare poles which carry no sign at all. These will have carried parking or loading signs at one time, but they have for months - or possibly years - been bare, serving no purpose other than to obstruct pedestrians. I counted five such poles in one kilometre stretch of Slateford Road. These can now all be removed entirely without undermining the traffic orders that regulate the parking and loading restrictions in place. Will Edinburgh - and other councils - seize this opportunity to clean up our streets?
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“I hate the way everyone responsible for urban life seems to have lost sight of what cities are for. They are for people” Bill Bryson, Neither here Nor there, 1991 p61