I reported in the October Newsletter the Society's contribution to the
Ipswich Borough Council scheme to remove redundant traffic signs and other
street clutter. This was the culmination of an ongoing campaign by the
Society to rid the town of unwanted street furniture, white paint in the
highway and graffiti. (See page 9, October 2004)
Once again The Ipswich Society is one step ahead of colleagues nationally
with English Heritage using Bill Bryson to launch their Save Our Streets
campaign. "Throughout England the beauty and distinctiveness of our historic
settlements and landscapes is disappearing under a blizzard of traffic
signs, discordant paving schemes, obtrusive road markings and ugly street
furniture. The resulting visual chaos diminishes the quality of all our
lives." (English Heritage) Their booklet is full of photographic examples so
I thought I'd include a couple taken in Ipswich.
"One Sign on Top of Another" is in Falcon Street and reflects previous
attempts to prevent queuing for the Buttermarket car park (the "Other" is
underneath)! The redundant sign at the back was originally erected by one of
twenty different agencies who are permitted to erect traffic signs, none of
whom has the contract to remove the clutter.
"The Information Overload" is outside the Novotel and includes sponsorship
of the planting on the traffic islands by Scottish Equitable who were taken
over by the Aegon Group in 1994.