NEXT STEPS

First use the Checklist to see what needs to be done. Removing street clutter makes a huge difference to the appearance of a street

Real streets are seldom quite as neglected as this, though some are certainly close
A real street is seldom quite as neglected as this, though some are certainly close

This unkempt street suffers from poor maintenance, lack of co-ordination and care. The graffiti, fly-posters, overflowing bins and general street clutter do not foster wellbeing, either human or economic. They reduce the enjoyment of the street as a place.

A clean and tidy street looks like a place that is cared for
A clean and tidy street looks like a place that is cared for

The first step is to make the street look as though someone cares. Start by making sure that the existing management and maintenance systems are working. Remove graffiti, fly-posters. Have bins emptied and benches, etc. maintained.

After that remove as many as possible of the signs and equipment and that make up street clutter. For example: (click each blue caption for an information sheet)

RailingsMany railings are not necessary and can be removed

 Traffic signsThe number and size of traffic signs can be reduced

Street lights can be fixed neatly to buildings

Well maintained pavements show that someone cares

A second stage looks at the arrangement of roads and pavements

High quality pavements improve a complete street

Comfortable crossings can be elegant as well as safe for pedestrians

Street corners and safe crossings can be made to help pedestrians

In the longer term new spaces can be created

Bearing in mind the local road safety records, it is possible to reconfigure road layouts to combine road safety and amenity