Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°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.

shares
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?”

shares

0 comments

Nikki Manning pictured in 2009 for the Stars of Suffolk awards

A Suffolk mum who changed hundreds of children’s lives for the better has died in a car crash just weeks after the birth of her youngest son.

The 

Woodbridge Marina Tide Mill, the area in which Suffolk Secrets is based. Picture: Mike Page.

A suspicious fire at a holiday cottage lettings agency in Woodbridge on Friday night is being investigated.

Emergency services including an air ambulance were called to the scene in Mersea Road, Colchester, close to the Strood, at 3.40pm. Pic: Alisha O’Dell Howard.

A double decker bus has crashed into a ditch in north-east Essex.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Stock image of the Fiveways Roundabout in Mildenhall.

An Audi TT and a lorry were involved in a crash in west Suffolk on Friday evening.

Stock image.

Firefighters tackled a restaurant blaze in Colchester on Friday.

Joe Stilgoe, headlining this year's Ipswich School Festival of Music. Photo: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Hailed Britain’s very own Harry Connick Jr, Joe Stilgoe makes a welcome return to the Ipswich School Festival of Music this year.

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

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24