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

Street clutter clogs up our pavements and makes it hazardous for people to get around.

Our week of action is over for another year - but the fight to protect our pavements continues. Join us.

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What you can do

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Our calls


What's "clutter"?

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clutter in your area?

Write to your council now

Let your councillor know you want local action. Use our online form to write to them about clutter where you live.


Share our campaign with your friends and family.

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Make a note of clutter in your area.

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Arrange or join a walkabout with others during the week. To find out more, email localgroups@livingstreets.org.uk

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What we mean by "clutter"

Here are some examples of things that, when badly-placed, can prove a needless obstacle - and the guidance on how much space ought to be provided by pavement users.

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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

We are proud to have our friends Guide Dogs and Transport for All as Cut The Clutter campaign partners this year.

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.

6. Ensuring that rental e-scooter parking is placed on the carriageway, and not on pavements – there is no need to sacrifice pedestrian space in order to support micromobility.

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

our webinar

On 30 June 2021, 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. 

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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

We work with organisations, public sector bodies and companies to improve streets for walking. 

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