Poorly-placed bins, A-boards and bike racks. Defunct phone boxes. Excessive signage and guard rails. 

Street clutter can clog up our pavements and make it hazardous for people to get around.

No one needs it, let's get rid of it

Cut the Clutter

Clutter in your area? tell your council

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Local street clutter map

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What we mean by "clutter"

Here are some examples of things that, when badly-placed, can prove a needless obstacle.

advertising boards or signage

Badly-parked cycles or scooters

Outdoor chairs and tables

Plant containers

guard rails

litter bins

disused phoneboxes

badly-placed sign or lampposts

wheelie bins


electric vehicle chargers

Vehicle charging cables across the footway

And what about?...

Pavement parking

Pavements are for people not vehicles.

Pavement parking, of course, is already something we have campaigned on specifically for decades. And we are winning.

Pavement Parking

Pavement cycling

Pavement cycling is illegal.

We want to see this rule enforced better - and for roads to be made safer so cyclists never feel the need to use pavements.

Walking and cycling

What we want

Living Streets is calling for local authorities to prioritise clearing footways and pavements through measures including (but not limited to):

1. Banning all A-board advertising on the pavement

2. Putting in place plans and budget to remove excess or unused street furniture (eg signs and poles, guard rail and utility boxes or phone boxes)

3. Providing guidance to businesses using pavement space for outdoor entertainment that they must maintain a 1.5m pavement width

4. Ensuring maintenance of trees and hedges that encroach on pavements

5. Making a commitment that EV charging points and cycle storage will only be placed on pavements where 1.5m clearance width for pedestrians can be maintained; where there is insufficient space on the footway road space should be reallocated eg through the use of well-designed build outs.

Work for a council?

Living Streets is already working with local authorities across the country to get people walking more of their local journeys.

Find out how we can help you.

How we can Cut the Clutter together

We are proud that our campaign is supported by British Cycling, Cycling UK, Guide Dogs, RNIB and Transport for All.

Transport For All

Transport For All Equal Pavements Pledge


Transport for All is calling for local authorities to take seven immediate and simple steps to remove the barriers that disabled people face when using footways.

Visit Transport For All

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs research reveals that 97% of people with a vision impairment have problems with street clutter. 

Back the campaign for accessible high streets for all.

Visit Guide Dogs

Penny Hefferan with her guide dog


Street clutter is something that so many hardly notice until it is pointed out. But for some it can have a huge impact on their daily lives.

Guide dog owner Penny Hefferan has written a blog about her experiences.

Street clutter: a guide dog owner's story

Watch our webinar

On 30 June, we held a webinar to hear more about the ways people are already tackling clutter they encounter where they live.

You can watch a video of all the speakers including campaigners from Transport For All and Living Streets' Edinburgh and Lambeth groups, plus our campaigns team.

This event prioritised access with BSL interpreting and live captions. *To view the captions click the CC/subtitles button on the video. 

Isabelle Clement with her thumb up on a walking and cycling path

Who are our streets for?

One of the speakers in our street clutter webinar was Sarah Berry, Living Streets Trustee and Lambeth Local Group member.

In this blog, Sarah says that shifting the narrative on who our streets are for can lead to ambitious and necessary changes. 

Read Sarah's blog

Campaign instigators - Edinburgh Living Streets Group

Read our Local Group success story.

How they tackled pavement clutter in Edinburgh and brought the council and the city with them.

Cut The Clutter In Action

Living Streets Manifesto calls for a clutter free future

Find out what we are doing in our five year strategy to end street clutter. 

Be a part of our future where pavements are accessible for everyone.  

Walk with us strategy

take the next step - use our toolkits

Rubbish bin

Urge your council to clear street clutter

Street clutter includes things like poorly-placed or redundant street furniture, such as defunct phone boxes, or excessive poles for road signs.

This can seem harmless but it can create unnecessary obstructions which are inconvenient for everyone and particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss.

By getting rid of redundant and poorly-placed signs, railings and advertising boards, our streets can be made tidier and less confusing. Reducing street clutter and making attractive, interesting and beautiful public spaces is a major part of how we can create vibrant areas for walking.

A board

Get informed


Our action pack is full of ideas of ways to declutter your local streets.


Download our clutter toolkit

Read about the A-board ban campaign success

Take action

speech bubble

Our local councils are responsible for the upkeep of our footways. Use our simple online forms to email them and write to your local papers about this.


Email your council about clutter

Write a letter to your paper about clutter

Electric Vechicle charging point

Electric vehicle chargers

Charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) are currently being installed across the country as part of action to move away from petrol and diesel vehicles. In September 2018, the Prime Minister announced measures to install hundreds more charging stations across the UK.

These should not come at the expense of pedestrians, but we have already seen examples of their thoughtless placement on the pavement resulting in unnecessary obstructions. This easily avoidable pavement clutter is inconvenient for everyone and particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss.

You can campaign in your area to halt EV charging points contributing to the reduction of public pavements.

EV Charging Point

Get informed


Download our action pack now to learn more about the issue of EV charging points and how you can take action in your area. 


Download our EV toolkit

PM's EV announcement: our reaction

Take action


Your council is responsible for ensuring EV chargers are located properly. Whether they are already popping up where you live, or are still in the pipelines, write to your council using our simple online form.


Write to your council about EV chargers

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