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What You Can Do To Improve Our Streets

The towns and villages of England are blighted by superfluous signs, haphazard paving and obstructed footways. As a result our streets are losing their local distinctiveness and character.

Saving our streets

We have been campaigning for many years to return England's streets to places where people want to be, where all street users are accommodated and where communities thrive as a result.

Home improvement make-overs have become part of our lives. Why not encourage a make-over of our streets?

Save our Street signs

Taking action

Know a cluttered street near you but don't know what to do about it? Why not carry out a Street Audit and use it to lobby your council to deal with the issues.

Phone boxes

Lobby your council

Find out who in your local council is responsible for streets and roads and talk or write to them directly. 

Or lobby your local councillor and get him or her to put pressure on the council officers to improve. To find out who they are, look at your local authority's website.

He or she is publicly elected to the council to represent your local area. The more street audits they receive the more likely the council is to take action to improve the street quality.

Our Streets for All manuals were sent to highways staff in all local authorities. These contained advice specific to your region, demonstrating the rich variety of street design traditions in your area and the benefits of removing clutter.

To help you to make the case for less cluttered streets to your local council we have set out the common myths about street design with the latest facts.

Cluttered bins

Use the Localism Act

Under the Localism Act it is possible to hold your local authority to account, and establish a neighbourhood group and produce a neighbourhood plan.

Other organisations

Fortunately Historic England is not alone in wanting to improve England's streets. These organisations, some of which have local branches, are doing their own work to highlight the problem and would be glad of your support.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

CPRE campaigns to protect the beauty, tranquility and diversity of the countryside. Its Clutter Challenge campaign aims to reduce the creeping urbanisation of the countryside from excessive signage, road markings and other street clutter.

Living Streets

Living Streets works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.

Civic Voice

Street Pride is Civic Voice's national campaign supporting local action to help rid our streets of unnecessary clutter.

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