Vil­lagers’ anger over of­fen­sive sign

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Transport Update - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A con­tro­ver­sial sign warn­ing peo­ple not to turn in a drive­way has sparked fury among vil­lagers who say it is of­fen­sive and in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The sign bear­ing the foul lan­guage ap­pears along the A262 near Wool­pack Cor­ner in Bid­den­den and reads: “NO F--KING TURN­ING”.

The drive­way also has boul­ders and traf­fic cones placed on it to pre­vent mo­torists from us­ing it as a turn­ing point.

One passer-by said she felt hor­ri­fied when she saw the sign writ­ten in bold black cap­i­tal letters along the busy stretch of road.

She said: “It’s been up there for quite a few weeks and I just think it’s dis­taste­ful and wrong.

“I don’t think any­one should have a sign in their drive­way which in­fers swear­ing.

“The house own­ers may think it is a bit of a joke and might be fu­ri­ous about peo­ple us­ing their drive but there are other ways to make the point to stop turn­ing with­out be­ing abu­sive to the thou­sands who use the road and see their sign.

“This is about stan­dards and plain good man­ners and ap­pro­pri­ate public be­hav­iour, rather than in­ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage.”

Her con­cerns have been echoed by Bid­den­den Parish Coun­cil chair­man Chris Friend who be­lieves the sign could have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the char­ac­ter of the vil­lage.

He said: “I re­ceived the email about it and I’m go­ing to take a look. A po­lite sign say­ing ‘please don’t turn’ is one thing but this sign is to­tally out of or­der. It is not nec­es­sary.

“If we find out ex­actly who the per­son who lives where the sign is, we will be writ­ing a strict and strongly worded let­ter urg­ing them to take it down.

“Any sign like that could cause the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­ci­dents if driv­ers take their eyes off the road to look at it.

“A few years ago we had white graf­fiti in the road out­side the church and it was cleared up by the highways within two days. This is the sort of thing we don’t need in our tourist sea­son, or non tourist sea­son for that mat­ter.

“We will write a strongly worded let­ter and the next stage would be to con­tact our lo­cal po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cer.”

As the Ken­tish Ex­press went to print the owner of the sign could not be tracked down for a com­ment.

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The sign that has at­tracted com­plaints in Bid­den­den

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