Beauty spots ‘turned into scrapyards by clutter’
SOME of England’s most beautiful countryside is being blighted by an unsightly blanket of billboards, road signs and pylons, campaigners have warned.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England yesterday called for tough action to halt the proliferation of countryside clutter in beauty spots and national parks.
According to the group, more than two thirds of roadside signs in rural areas are completely pointless.
Paul Miner, the charity’s planning campaigner, said: ‘Some of these structures are needed but many are unnecessary and could be scrapped.
‘Insufficient planning control and bad infrastructure management has caused parts of our landscape to look more like a scrapyard than the majestic green countryside.’
According to the CPRE, there are more than 52,500 mobile phone masts in Britain and 3.5million telephone poles supporting nearly 10million miles of overhead wires.
On top of this, there are 200,000 miles of overhead electricity cables – including 27,000 miles in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The CPRE is calling for phone masts to be removed when they become redundant and wants councils to be compelled to carry out ‘clutter audits’.