The organiser of a charity car show has accused Suffolk County Council of being ‘heavy handed’ by removing or sticking enforcement notices on his roadside posters.
The enforcement signs stuck in the middle of posters for Sunday’s Classic and Vintage Car Show at Elveden, organised by Bury Abbey Rotary Club, demanded that they be removed by June 2 but in other places, signs disappeared.
Organiser and club president Richard Curtis said: “They want us to remove them by the second, the show is on the fifth and we would have them down by the sixth.
“The signs are valuable so we reuse them.
“They didn’t even call and say they’d taken them to a yard and we could collect them.
“The Government encourages us to do things for the community but we put theses signs up and they rip them down. I think they’ve been very heavy handed.”
He said they had only put the signs at places where drivers naturally slow down.
A county spokesman said: “The stickers were applied by the Highways team as there were concerns of drivers slowing down to read them or being distracted at junctions and parts of the road network.
“These signs are illegal under the Highways Act. Adding these stickers was as much about ensuring other people saw that these signs were illegal so they didn’t, in turn, add their own signs in the future.”
The show is raising money for the NSPCC, Women’s Refuge, First Responders and Emergency Box so Mr Curtis is hoping enough signs have survived to attract a good turnout.
“We’ve got 200-plus cars coming and stalls of all sorts,” he said. “Old Cannon Brewery is running the beer tent.
“We’ve got support from the Ferrari Club this year and from local groups. We’ve got more cars than ever because the reputation of the show is growing.”
But they are not all exotic sports cars with romantic names– you can expect to see plenty that will invoke the exclamation ‘my dad had one of those’.
Mr Curtis said: “A friend of mine is bringing a Rover that his father bought in the ‘50s.”
The show is in Elveden Estate’s walled garden from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for under 15s or £12 for a family ticket.