Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Mistley: Calls for traffic calming measures at beauty spot after six swans are killed since the turn of the year

13:18 22 January 2014

Alex Smith, of Swanwatch, and Mistley Parrish Cllr Ian Tucker are campaigning for speed bumps along the Mistley Wall to protect the swan when they cross the road.

Alex Smith, of Swanwatch, and Mistley Parrish Cllr Ian Tucker are campaigning for speed bumps along the Mistley Wall to protect the swan when they cross the road.

Traffic calming measures should be introduced to stop swans being “slaughtered” at a north Essex beauty spot, a charity head has said.

Alex Smith, of Swanwatch, and Mistley Parrish Cllr Ian Tucker are campaigning for speed bumps along the Mistley Wall to protect the swan when they cross the road. Alex Smith, of Swanwatch, and Mistley Parrish Cllr Ian Tucker are campaigning for speed bumps along the Mistley Wall to protect the swan when they cross the road.

Alex Smith, of Swan Watch, says six birds have been knocked down and killed by vehicles travelling along the riverside road known as the Walls in Mistley since the start of the year.

She says the deaths have been caused by drivers who are not taking notice of the 30mph speed limit signs in the village, putting the future of the its famous 300-strong swan herd at risk.

She said: “At this time of year there is often water on the road, which attracts the swans. They also come onto the greensward next to the road because they need some grass in their diet.

“But much of the traffic is speeding and they can’t stop. It has been slaughter in the past three weeks – it’s as bad as it has ever been. At this rate a large proportion of the herd could be killed over the next year.”

Swans have been associated with Mistley since Roman Times and up until the mid-nineties the herd was fed on left-over barley that came from the maltings firms operating in the area. Now Ms Smith and her supporters feed them once a day.

She believes the only way to prevent more deaths is to put speed humps in the road to slow passing traffic.

“People are in such a rush these days and the swans are very slow and deliberate when crossing the road- they need a helping hand from us,” she added.

Ms Smith’s cause has been supported by parish councillor, Ian Tucker, who feels the “iconic” swans are central to the Mistley’s identity.

He said: “There are drivers who use the road as a rat run to get to Manningtree station and go too fast.

“An electronic sign that tells drivers their speed would be an effective way of slowing people down – it would also protect pedestrians in the area.”

But not everyone feels drivers are totally to blame.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “If swans are being fed by a busy road – what do people expect will happen?”

0 comments

L-R Dad Christopher Hodgkinson, James and mum Angela together on holiday

A nine-year-old boy from Suffolk is preparing to fly to Rome for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – where he will sing for the Pope.

RAF Honington - Barnham Camp.

A 62-year-old motorcyclist who died at the scene of a two vehicle collision near RAF Barnham on Thursday has been named as Peter Hancock from Sudbury.

Made in Dagenham's Daniella Bowen and cast. Photo: Mark Sepple

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage.

Do you know this man? Police have released an e-fit image following a burglary in Braintree

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to in connection to a burglary in Braintree.

Ipswich Crown Court

A father stabbed by his son more than 30 times during a row about a printer has asked a court for a restraining order banning all contact between them to be reinstated.

Fire Service Stock Pictures

A fire engine from Ipswich’s Princes Street station was called to extinguish a fire in a pile of rubbish this morning.

People in Earl Soham are concerned about the erosion of their village green.

It is the proud centrepiece of many an English village - but in one Suffolk community it is disappearing by the day.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24