'Clutter' accumulates as pavements collect additional pieces of equipment and signs over time and has the affect of making a location look untidy and unmanaged.
But one person's clutter is another's advertising, so before you start clearing the streets, take time to talk to your local partnership members and discuss the key issues. Things to consider include the positioning of necessary items and the removal of any non-essential items. For example, it may be possible to attach some signs to street lamp columns or buildings, and careful planning can minimise the number of separate street signs, sign posts and other items. Clustering items together can help and in some cases camouflaging essential but unattractive items with planting can help to improve the general feel and appearance of your town centre. For maximum impact, use the results of a Street Audit to remove as many redundant objects as possible one go - a ‘clutter blitz’.
Removing clutter will also enhance the clarity of any pedestrian wayfinding signage and design guidance your local partnership produces too.
Where a landowner may be responsible for clutter, local authorities have the power to ensure they clean up their area under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.