The Transport Minister Norman Baker MP said: 'I think it's very Important that we declutter our streets and country lanes wherever we can. First of all it helps the environment.
"Secondly it gives more weight to the signs which are still there...and thirdly it saves councils money at a time when they're short of cash."
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Currently the Ealing Council has a huge shortage of suitable space and sees these steel well insulated boxes as a cheaper alternative.
Staff at Envirowaste in Leyton say the medal may have been left within a piece of furniture and thrown away accidentally.
If approved the increase would trigger a county-wide referendum.