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Village cries 'fowl' at duck sign
Anne Thompson
Anne Thompson says the sign is just another form of traffic calming
Villagers have accused a parish council of protecting animals ahead of people - by installing a "ducks crossing" sign.

They claim Edlesborough Parish Council in Buckinghamshire has refused to take action to prevent accidents despite several near-fatal ones. The sign warning motorists about ducks was put up in October after one was run over by a passing car.

But council chairman Anne Thompson said the sign was just a different way of slowing down traffic.

"It's another form of traffic-calming and I think that's what people are missing," she said.

"Traffic-calming in Edlesborough has been our number one concern for many years."

'Crying shame'

The sign warning motorists about the ducks was put up in October after one of the birds was run over by a passing car.

Villager Brian Wright said: "It's very sad that the duck dies. But it's probably more important that we're looking after our local children."

Peter Ashman, another resident, agreed saying villagers were "crying shame" at the council's action.

"It's just appalling that they've done this," he said.

"They are refusing to take any measures to calm traffic in the village - despite a recent near-fatal accident where a 10-year-old girl was hit by a car.

"They also failed to react to the serious injury to a girl two years ago who was walking along a road in the village."

He said a speed survey by local residents and the parish council found that 45% of cars travelling through the village were travelling over the limit.

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