21 November 2007
Caerphilly county borough council is leading the way in Wales in its efforts to rid the area of unnecessary road signs.
National campaigners are calling for 70% of road signs on rural roads to be removed and are now urging Highway Authorities across the country to carry out ‘clutter audits’ to identify signs that are not needed.
Caerphilly has already decided to tackle the issue and is committed to removing 1,000 unnecessary signs across the county borough by the end of this financial year (2007/08).
The authority is paying particular attention to sensitive areas such as routes around historic locations including Caerphilly Castle and roads running through some of the area’s breathtaking countryside.
Caerphilly’s Director of the Environment, Anthony O’Sullivan said, “The council recognises the need to address this issue and has set itself an ambitious target to remove a large swathe of these signs. Taking this action will help improve highway safety as well as enhancing the visual amenity of the area.”
Cllr Keith Griffiths, Cabinet Member for the Environment added, “It’s good to see Caerphilly County Borough Council is leading the way and helping to make the area a safer and more attractive place for residents and visitors alike.”
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