De-cluttering is the process of removing unnecessary roadside and village signage clutter in the Surrey Hills.

Why De-Clutter?
  • Trying to promote and reinforce the rural character in Quiet Lane areas
  • Discourage through traffic and HGV movements
  • Reduce maintenance and replacement costs of signs
Examples of De-cluttering

















Get involved with De-Cluttering in the Surrey Hills

We welcome local knowledge when it comes to de-cluttering, here are four simple steps to removing clutter in your area;

1. What to look for:

Many road signs are not mandatory. They are put in place by the local highway authority and can be removed at its discretion. We want to encourage local people through their parish council to assess their local road signs and recommend any individual signs should be removed or relocated.

Download our information sheet, which lists signs that could be removed. Click here to download.

2. Fill in 2 simple forms
1. Survey Form

Click here to download form

Here’s an example of how to fill in the form…

2. Decision Form

Click here to download form

Here’s an example of how to fill in the form…


3. Surrey County Council Highways check and agree

Surrey County Council’s highways department have a standard procedure to check the road safety aspects of the parish council’s recommendation and make the final decision.

Who to contact

The responsible Surrey CC officers are;

North West Area (Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath): Andrew Milne

North East Area (Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne): Nick Healey

South West Area (Guildford and Waverley): Frank Apicella

South East Area (Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge): Zena Curry

4. Arrange for the clutter to be removed


Parish Council carries out the work itself with a landscape contractor. Please note that they will need Public Liability insurance to cover working on the highway. The pilot project has demonstrated the benefits of volunteers assisting with their local knowledge. All volunteers will require a high visibility jacket, steel capped boots and need to work in pairs.


Parish Council could engage Surrey County Council approved contractor. Please contact SCC relevant contact above.

Usually carrying out the work is quite straightforward and inexpensive. Please contact the Surrey Hills office on 01372 220653 to discuss your requirements as funding may be available.