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06 2015

Living Streets will be joined by Paul Blomfield MP and partners to showcase our work making walking safer and easier for older people, with examples from our pr… more

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Declutter and tidy up

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Simply walking down a street shouldn’t be an obstacle course. Unnecessary clutter makes life difficult for vulnerable pedestrians such as older people, disabled people and parents with pushchairs, as well as making streets unattractive and taking up space that should be available for pedestrians. Where things like guardrail, bollards and badly placed signs aren’t necessary, we should get rid of them. If they are needed, they can be moved or combined to free up more of the street for people.

Our Community Street Audits give communities the tools and confidence to identify the improvements that their streets need, backed up with the technical expertise to help local authorities plan and implement them. If we can help you cut the clutter, contact Richard Mullis on 020 7377 4900 or

PRIAN explains the benefits of decluttering and profiles several villages which have undertaken decluttering exercises

The government has shown its support, writing to local authorities to urge them to remove street clutter and hinting that communities will be able to use new neighbourhood planning powers to tackle clutter.

Our Community Street Audits can help identify and cut clutter.

Tidy up

If a street features piles of litter, broken street furniture, confusing and redundant road markings or uneven surfaces, people won’t feel safe and confident to walk there.

  • This issue is important to people. In a Keep Britain Tidy survey 63% of people said that they were concerned about the appearance of their local area – the same proportion that were concerned about terrorism. Litter and dog mess were people’s highest priority local environmental quality issues.
  • Tidying up can be community led. Improving a neighbourhood’s cleanliness and appearance can help bring people together and foster community pride, while allowing larger problems to be identified. Community groups can be directed towards The Big Tidy Up for all the resources they need to publicise and run a tidy up event.
  • Tidying up can also be about removing unnecessary or obsolete features from the street itself – as in the West Meon case study below. If you're thinking about 'tidying up' in this sense, Living Streets can help - contact Richard Mullis on 020 7377 4900

Rethinking a junction: Church Street and Grand Avenue, Hove

The aim of the scheme was to improve the junction of Church Road, Hove with Grand Avenue, firstly ...

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'Adopt a Street' - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire

Windsor and Maidenhead's ‘Adopt a Street’ initiative was established in 2009. It encourages residents of the borough to help keep streets clean by volunteering to collect rubbish and litter in their adopted area.

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Tidying up the street surface - West Meon Village, Hampshire

Residents worked with the council to reduce the impact of speeding traffic on the A32 through their village, improving safety and quality of life.

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Cutting the clutter in Marks Gate, east London

Working with Living Streets, Marks Gate residents identified a key route for improvement which linked the community to shops, parks, bus routes, the train station and schools.

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Reinvigorating a village in Buriton, East Hampshire

This community aspired to improve public spaces, give space back to pedestrians and cyclists and change the behaviour of drivers without using street clutter.

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Rethinking a space: West Street, Swadlincode, Derbyshire

South Derbyshire District Council had a positive vision of returning West Street to its historical ...

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