Headington SignWatch

Community action on urban clutter

Headington SignWatch was set up as a result of a large number of “Let” and “Let and Managed” boards cluttering the environment in and around Headington early in 2010. As a result of that campaign, 37 of 52 such boards were removed within two weeks, with most of the remainder being taken down soon after. Since then, most – but not all –agents have played “by the rules”.

We keep regular check on new boards, contacting lettings agents where boards are improperly positioned under the terms of the Highways Act 1980 or exceed the two-week period after a tenancy is agreed that is permitted under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007. We also remind signboard agents of their obligations to comply with Highways and Planning regulations.

In practical terms, the regulations mean:

  • No “Let”, “Let agreed” or “Let and Managed” board can be displayed for more than 14 days, and boards cannot be placed outside existing lettings for “commercial promotion” purposes. Sold boards must be removed no later than 14 days after completion of the sale.
  • Signboards must be placed within the boundaries of the property to let or for sale, rather than at the end of the street leading to the property, and not attached to street furniture of any kind e.g. street name signs, lamp posts, telegraph poles, parking restriction signs.

We also tackle highway clutter, for example signs left over from roadworks and utility works, outdated temporary bus stops, and commercial advertising attached to lampposts and other street furniture.

If you spot a sign that should no longer be there, either contact the number on the sign and request its removal – the more people willing to do this the better – or email Headington SignWatch and we’ll do our best to get the sign(s) removed.


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