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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nanny Bans Signs

I am gemused to see that even Nanny has finally recognised that some of her road signs are complete and utter bollocks.

Patrick McLoughlin (Nanny's Transport Secretary) recently said that Nanny is working on new guidance for local councils and highways officials on reducing sign clutter.

He is quoted by the Telegraph:
Too many country roads carry a reminder of how insensitive planners can be to the aesthetics of transport design with the ugly and unnecessary signage that clutters up the network. 

New signs are added without any apparent consideration of existing ones or what’s needed. And then there are those ‘temporary’ yellow signs saying ‘new road layout ahead’ that are left to rot for years.

Often what we’re left with is not just a blot on the landscape. It’s also something that’s confusing and dangerous.

The combined effect of these changes will be to give authorities and designers much greater freedom to declutter and simplify country junctions. 
And I want to make sure that they use it. So my message today to Highways engineers is: if in doubt, don’t do it. Save your money for something that matters.” 
His intentions may well be noble. Unfortunately, as we know, local councils tend to ignore "guidance" from Nanny (unless it adds to their revenue collecting powers).

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  1. The problem with this is that they will probably relax requirements for regulatory signs that might lead to you being prosecuted, but still plaster the countryside with a load of politically correct crap.

  2. Anonymous2:41 PM

    It makes no difference how trivial and meaningless a job is, if you give that job to a British person they will quickly find an angle that they can use to boss and bully people around in order to boost their own self-importance.

    Signs are just a way of bossing people around at a distance and if you look around there are fucking thousands of them.

    I am sure that people here will give examples of the overabundance of road signs, but the last time I was in England, which was about 10 years ago, what I found both amazing and incredible annoying was the huge list of rules posted at petrol pumps. I am sure things are even worse now.

    These included:-

    No Smoking
    No Eating.
    No Drinking
    No Mobile Phones
    Nobody under the age of 16 to use the pumps.
    No crash helmets to be worn.
    You must report all spillages.
    Turn off engines.
    Turn off lights.
    Etc. Etc. Etc.

    These signs just creep up on you and now there are so many rules and regulations that I am sure that most people hardly notice them.
    Believe me, a visitor to the UK from anywhere on the Continent would be horrified with this patronising nonsense.

  3. Anonymous8:40 PM

    Can they include seat belt alarms and car door open alarms and fridge door open alarms too please!!!

    by the way, if they reduce council staffing to almost zero they won't have anybody to remove the signs anyway - just a thought

  4. How about this group of signs I came across in my travels.

    Seven (7) at a temp road works. The one behind the one that says "Joining traffic not signal controlled" is a great one. It tells drivers to turn their radios down so as not to upset nearby houses. I understand that this sign only exists because a nearby house has a council officer in it. As if it would make any difference to those who blare out at 500W. Everyone else already have their radios at normal levels otherwise they would be deaf. Oh, and there is more noise from the machines doing the works and from passing cars on a normal day.

    1. All there to protect the workers... who aren't there!

      There are actually eleven signs in that pic if you look closely. There is a 'dog fouling fine £100' on the lamp post, another yellow one underneath it, the 'normal junction signs'in front of the house not to mention the junction painting inc zig zags and the utterly useless 'anti skid' road surface.
      I've just had one last look and in the same vein there is the 'cheap to dig up' pavement tarmac and the yellow lego block drop down kerb for those in wheelchairs and those dumb enough to need to be told they are about to cross a road.

      Councils doing the work of the EU but paid for by me and you under threat of jail. Stalag Britain is here with the slaves building and paying for their own incarceration.