Casebook: Appeal cases - Transport Development - Village signs ruled threat to highway safety

The retention of two stone village name signs next to an A road in Flintshire has been rejected after an inspector ruled that they were harmful to highway safety.

The appellants claimed that the signs, approximately 2.2m wide and 70cm high, were sited on land outside the highway boundary. While the inspector accepted that the land did not form part of the carriageway, he considered that the adjoining verges could not be divorced from the highway because they were an essential element of it.

He observed that drivers travelled at fairly high speeds on the relatively straight road. Motorists veering off the carriageway would be at risk of damaging themselves or their vehicles by colliding with the signs or injuring other road users, he held. Since the structures were placed to the rear of existing highway signs at a lower level, he also judged that they could cause confusion to motorists.

DCS No: 37022464; Inspector: Geraint Rees; Written representations.

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