Britain is an island, surrounded by the sea, you would have thought that we would be used to the idea of tides.
Well you and I may be familiar with the idea of tides, but Nanny isn't.
South Hams Council have erected (can I have an erection at this time of day?) a sign at Castle Cove Beach Devon, which warns the public about the tide coming in.
The road-sign style warning notice reads "Beware of incoming tide".
Errrmmm...it's the seaside, people farking well know that the tide comes in.
Locals think that it's a load of bollocks, over-the-top and looks ugly in the local beauty spot.
South Hams Council said that its erection was necessary as its insurers (hah!) had told it to do so, and that public safety was "paramount".
Pass the sick bag someone!
Would the council put their hands in a fire if the insurers had told them to do so?
Councillor Bill Hitchins said:
"The council has a duty of care for public safety ...that obligation remains paramount.
On the advice of the council's insurers, temporary warning signs which comply with safety sign regulations have been put up ...to alert people to the danger of being cut off by an incoming tide."
However, the council have rather hoisted themselves on their own petard as it transpires that they will now move the sign from the bathing platform to a site on the access path down to the cove; ie the sign is in the wrong place.
How much will that cost the local taxpayers?
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