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Honington pensioner angry after sign goes up outside home

Suffolk County Council have put up a school warning sign on the verge outside his house without asking. Burt who owns the land has paperwork to prove ownership.
FL; Burt with friend and helper Judith Poole. ANL-140508-125511009

Suffolk County Council have put up a school warning sign on the verge outside his house without asking. Burt who owns the land has paperwork to prove ownership. FL; Burt with friend and helper Judith Poole. ANL-140508-125511009

A 93-year-old man is furious that highways bosses have put up a sign on the grass verge outside his home in Honington.

The pensioner woke up last Tuesday to see that workmen had installed a sign warning of children crossing on land alongside the A1088 which he says he owns.

Suffolk County Council is now investigating the matter after neighbour Judith Poole stepped in to contact the council and Bury Free Press.

Speaking on behalf of the pensioner Miss Poole said: “He has been extremely distressed to discover the sign planted in his flower bed. There has been no consultation so we would be interested to know who sanctioned this unnecessary sign which is now trespassing on his land.”

Miss Poole said that her neighbour had told her that BT had recently asked permission to place a green broadband box on the verge but he had said no.

“He has the paperwork that says this is his land. If BT understood that why not the highways people. He gave the highways people permission to put up a crossroads sign back in 1986. If it was his land then it must still be his land now. Somebody’s just come along and said we’ll stick a sign here and assume its OK. Nobody had the courtesy to ask him. It’s appalling the way it’s been done and shows a distinct lack of care.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said it was investigating whether it owned the land as initial checks had indicated this was the case. “We wouldn’t have carried out the works otherwise. We’re hoping to get the findings back on this within the week to identify what’s what,” he added.

 

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