Street clutter is on town council's radar

Berwick Town Council hopes to progress a scheme to improve pedestrian signage and visitor interpretation information in the town.

Thursday, 28th September 2017, 10:44 am
Updated Thursday, 28th September 2017, 13:06 pm
Concerns have been raised about excessive street clutter in Berwick.

The council has acknowledged that much of the town centre signage is old, some of it is out of date and there is little uniformity.

Some signs are even pointing in the wrong direction.

Cluttered pavements and public spaces also cause problems for people with mobility issues.

Clerk Gareth Davies told members: “There is a need to improve the streetscape in Berwick. The quality and clarity of pedestrian signage in Berwick is questionable at best.

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“There are successive generations of signage that do not provide a coherent understanding of the town centre.

“Similarly, it is clear that successive generations of interpretation material placed on the street level is dated, tired and, in some cases, of dubious accuracy.

“I have walked around with a number of tourism professionals, and tourism is a key driver of the economy of the town, and the first thing they say is how cluttered it is.”

Coun Hazel Bettison said: “It’s long overdue.”

Coun Alex Gibson felt one of the biggest problems was bin storage on the streets.

“We need to get them off the streets,” he said. “You see seagulls doing a merry dance on the bins.”