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‘Inappropriate’ signs removed

MORE DISCREET: Ranger Adrian Walters with one of the signs, which has subsequently been taken down.

MORE DISCREET: Ranger Adrian Walters with one of the signs, which has subsequently been taken down.

A Sudbury ranger and wildlife conservationist has criticised the placing of bright yellow signs on the meadow’s unspoilt landscape.

Adrian Walters, ranger and clerk for Sudbury Common Lands Charity, criticised the Environment Agency for putting “totally unnecessary” signs close to the town’s beautiful water meadows.

The signs, displayed to warn people of the dangers of a stream in high flood, were taken down by Mr Walters. The posts have since been removed by the Environment Agency.

On Friday, agency officer Dave Tyrie met Mr Walters and the pair agreed for smaller signs to be placed at the entrances to the meadows.

“The signs were simply inappropriate in that location,” said Mr Walters.

“If there has to be something from a health and safety point of view, then make it as discreet as possible.”

The ranger, who is responsible for managing the area, had said there was no need for the signage in the first place.

“Most of the year, it is just a stream and, when the meadows do flood, you can’t get to it anyway,” he said.

“Cattle walk through it and we cross it in a 4x4 most of the year.”

The signs were left by a bridge joining Great Freeman’s Common with Great Fullingpit Meadow.

Mr Walters said the area was iconic and should be treated as such.

“These signs were so bright you could see them from all across the meadows,” he said.

Mr Walters added that, although accidents had happened on the meadows, it was not the case near this part of the river. He said it was simple common sense when to avoid the bridge.

The Environment Agency said it was obliged to put up warning signs in the vicinity of all flood gates.

 

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