Time to de­clut­ter street sig­nage

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – The ex­ces­sive sig­nage and poles that we can see all over the city and par­tic­u­larly on the roads and streets be­tween the Dod­der and Royal Canal are an eye­sore.

Dublin City Coun­cil cer­tainly needs a ded­i­cated of­fi­cial to ad­dress this un­sightly vis­ual clut­ter.

Last week, I hap­pened to be trav­el­ling out from the city cen­tre to­ward the M50, tak­ing a route through Rath­mines, Rath­gar, Terenure and Tem­pleogue, and saw again the pro­lif­er­a­tion of sig­nage and poles of ev­ery de­scrip­tion along th­ese roads, and in­deed some sig­nage -poles with no sign.

Apart from be­ing un­sightly, this vis­ual clut­ter must be­come in­vis­i­ble to the ve­hi­cle driver as a re­sult of its ubiq­uity.

I was in Belfast re­cently and was greatly im­pressed at the lack of vis­ual clut­ter. There they seem to be able to di­rect traf­fic with min­i­mal yet care­fully lo­cated sig­nage to en­sure driv­ers know where they are head­ing; they also utilise the ex­ist­ing lamp-poles for small park­ing signs, which are so much less in­tru­sive than our prac­tice of poles on the foot­path with park­ing and bus-lane sig­nage ev­ery 50 to 100 me­tres.

I am sure a visit to Belfast by the Dublin City Coun­cil traf­fic of­fi­cials would bring home the con­trast with Dublin. – Yours, etc,

MICHAEL CRANSTON, Terenure, Dublin 6.

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