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Road signs policy

2. Neighbourhood Watch signs

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme was set up jointly with Thames Valley Police (TVP) to promote crime awareness and reduction within a community. Advice on such a scheme will be supplied by TVP.
Application forms are supplied by TVP and returned to them by the applicant. They are then sent on to us for approval.
We will approve the erection of the signs (usually on lamp columns) in writing providing the following conditions are met:

  • The sign used must be of the type approved by TVP
  • The number of signs should be kept to a minimum
  • The signs should be erected between 2.1 and 3.6 m above ground level. In special circumstances exceptions can be made
  • Future maintenance of the signs is the responsibility of the Neighbourhood Watch group
  • All signs must be covered by third party liability insurance (contact TVP for information)

Signs may be erected:

  • On electricity/telegraphs poles, with written permission of the owner
  • On posts supporting village nameplates (height conditions do not apply)
  • On private land where the signs can be mounted on posts, walls and fencing with the land owner’s permission

Signs must not be erected on any traffic sign or traffic signal pole/post. Any sign erected on the public highway without our permission can be removed and the cost incurred recharged to the person responsible.

Following approval, please send a copy of the letter of approval with a copy of the application form to the Planning Department of the local district council. If we or TVP withdraw approval or the scheme ceases to operate, the signs must be removed within 14 days.


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Last updated: 12 July 2017

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