Beauty spots ‘turned into scrap­yards by clut­ter’

Daily Mail - - sandra Parsons -

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’.

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