Since I became a councillor, in 2009, I have been campaigning for the removal of pointless and unnecessary poles throughout Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (see some press coverage here, here, here, here, and on Twitter here and here, and on Facebook here). This is not a priority for the Council because there are so many other, more urgent issues that have to be dealt with. However, the proliferation of signposts, particularly unnecessary ones-
- costs a substantal amount for installation and maintenance;
- is unsightly and damages the visual amenity of our area
- obstructs us – wheelchair users or those pushing buggies can find them difficult to navigate and, if too close to the road, they can be a hazard to cyclists;
- causes difficulties for the visually impaired.
In 2010, I succeeded in getting Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to put in place an e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) where people could report redundant signposts and poles to the local authority so that they could be removed (read more here). Since then, I have reported over 100 such poles in the Blackrock area alone. I am unaware of more than five of those poles that have been removed. That is why I am delighted that, on foot of my request to the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee, the Council has removed a particularly offensive, rusty sign post on Newtownpark Avenue in Blackorck.
Many more to follow, we hope…