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Unwanted and out-of-date road signs in Southwell are cluttering up the town, it has been claimed.

Southwell Town Council has asked for them to be removed.

They include signs put up in 2004 by Nottinghamshire County Council to alert drivers to what was then a new one-way system in the town centre.

Others have been put up by developers to direct people to housing developments.

The town council chairman, Mrs Beryl Prentice, said it was time they came down.

“We’ve had the one-way system for quite a while now and drivers are aware of it,” she said.

“Newcomers will accept the situation as it is and people who live in the town know about it.”

The county council’s transport and environmental services manager, Mr Neil Hodgson, admitted: “The temporary traffic management signs we need to get down because there is no need for them any more.”

Mrs Prentice said the town council also wanted signs put up without permission to be removed.

She said signs had been removed in the past but more had since gone up.

“We’re decluttering because this is a lovely town and we don’t want more signs than we have to have,” said Mrs Prentice.

“Removing them just improves the look of the town.

“The county council has removed some, especially those for housing developments, but it is a slow process.”

Another town councillor, Mrs Beryl Rimmer, said a sign for Chezs Bikes, Maythorne, was chained to a road sign near the turning to the hamlet.

“At Maythorne we went to a lot of trouble and expense to put clearer signs up to point out where the turning was so it is unnecessary for that business to have that sign there,” she said.

“There are a lot of other business down there and if all of them had a sign that junction would become really cluttered.”

The owner of Chezs Bikes, Miss Cheryl Warriner, said the company had spoken to Mrs Rimmer and agreed that the sign would be out only when they were open.

“We need the sign because we have customers coming from all over the country,” said Miss Warriner.

“Maythorne is not on the map so it is very awkward for people to get to.

“We do remove the sign and it is not just like an old piece of wood on the side of the road. The sign is there five days a week from 10am to 5pm.”

Mrs Rimmer said she told the company that removing the sign when they were closed was a good initial gesture but that the town council would still like them to take it down permanently.

In November the county council announced a £10,000 campaign to remove unauthorised signs.

Mr Hodgson said it was an ongoing battle to ensure signs stayed down once they were removed.

“We are having a blitz on illegal signs and it is an ongoing project,” he said. “Very often signs are replaced but we try to keep on top of it.

“As soon as we can, we will take another trip to Southwell.”

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