Harlow Council replace over 1,600 street signs across town

News / Wed 7th Feb 2024 at 07:23am

A HARLOW Council programme of replacing old and faded streets signs is now underway as part of the council’s priority to restore pride in Harlow.

More than 1,600 blue street signs are in the process of being replaced with the council’s replacement programme set to be completed by the end of March.  

The programme follows an audit last year of all 2,670 street name signs in the town which identified every single street sign which is not up to date with the latest specification, or is worn, faded, broken, damaged or missing.

Street name signs and estate map boards will be replaced with new ones which are made of sustainable recycled plastic. The signs in the poorest conditions are being replaced first.

A further 16 heritage estate name boards, which date back to the 60s and 70s, have already been specially restored to their former glory. 

Councillor Nicky Purse, cabinet portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said:

“Replacing old, broken, or missing street signs is all about restoring pride in Harlow. There have been too many old or broken signs in our housing estates and on our streets for far too long and this programme will ensure that every one of them is replaced. Out of the total number of street signs we are replacing nearly 60% which makes this a major town-wide programme.

“We know restoring pride in Harlow is important to our residents and we are delivering visible change through programmes like this which is helping to improve the appearance of our streets and housing estates.”

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9 Comments for Harlow Council replace over 1,600 street signs across town:

2024-02-07 07:48:18

Great idea, that’s restored the pride in the town now !!!!

2024-02-07 08:09:29

Pride in our town will only be restored when the remaining and newly appearing pot holes are dealt with. Then Harlow Council and Essex County Council could work together to clear debris from last August laying across a footway and into the road, I daresay this is not the only such occurrence. Add to this the much needed regeneration of the very dilapidated town centre and local Hatches There is just so much more that could be done, a few road signs does not scratch the surface!

2024-02-07 11:15:39

David, I don’t think you understand the dizzying feeling of pride that a road sign evokes in many of us. Let me try and explain - You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you see a Tory politician draped in Union Jack flags or that intoxicating joy you feel when you show your new blue passport to those Europeans at the border - It’s like that - It’s not hubris, it's a knowing that you, your hometown and your country are exceptional.

The truth
2024-02-07 14:01:37

Pot holes? Na let’s replace signs!!!!!!!!

Ben Devonshire
2024-02-07 15:38:58

Would’ve been nice to see a few painted in rainbow for us in the LGBTQ community, but still, good work

2024-02-07 16:00:31

Polishing the proverbial Richard iii .

2024-02-07 16:03:28

Locally, I don’t think there would be an issue Ben, but we’d need steer from CCHQ, given that former Conservative prime minister Liz Truss has described supporters of LGBT people as “left-wing extremists” and following the unbridled success of the ‘STOP THE BOATS’ Campaign, I think we might have a go at blaming the LGBTQ+ communities for all our woes at some time before the election. - Have you thought of having a whip round to sponsor one of our lovely roundabouts?

Bruce Doney
2024-02-08 10:58:48

Street signs ( & tower blocks) matter.. every little helps, to improve the neighbourhood.

David Forman
2024-02-12 13:00:39

As the street sign supports are no longer metal it means the estate agents can screw their placards to the uprights. This perfect aid for estate agents can be seen in action outside the Islamic Centre in Parringdon Road. I've duly reported it to Contact Harlow in a jovial and satirical way, although we know council officials don't have a sense of humour.

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