Wrong direction in Wisbech after signs have been ‘tampered with’

Wisbech businessman Ray Wicks concerns about new signs in town centre. ANL-150825-190533009
Wisbech businessman Ray Wicks concerns about new signs in town centre. ANL-150825-190533009

New tourist information signs are pointing in the wrong direction after being moved, according to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Traders in Wisbech are unhappy with the new black cast iron finger post signs which have been recently put up to point pedestrians towards tourist attractions.

Postmaster Ray Wicks, who owns Etcetera, says one of the signs is 14ft high and the lettering is too small for older people to read.

The county council is installing four new finger posts as part of the Wisbech 2020 project and these mimic the existing 12 signs in the town.

A county council spokesman said: “We know the signs have been tampered with as our contractors took pictures when they were installed.

“Our sign contractor will be doing further work this week.”

Mr Wicks, who has dismissed the council comment as “total rubbish”, is concerned the signs, put up in car parks, are directing people to non-tourist areas such as Octavia View.

He said: “If they are going to do the job, they ought to do it properly.

“The principle of the signs is good but the letters are too small, which makes it difficult to read and many are pointing in the wrong direction.

“One of the posts is 14ft and who is going to be able to read the signs at the top?”

Mr Wicks went along to Wisbech Town Council to raise this and other problems.

He highlighted problems with traffic in the town centre on Thursdays and Saturdays, along with paving in Hill Street being damaged by lorries.

Speaking in the council chamber Mr Wicks said: “The town is falling apart at the moment. I would like to invite the town council to take the lead and grasp the nettle and start talking to smaller and independent traders in the town.

“Lets get around the table and get Wisbech back to where it was.”

Anne Elgood also went along to the meeting to request the word “gardens” is added onto new brown signs to direct motorists.

Town councillors had agreed to pass this on to the county council.

The brown signs will shortly be installed by the county as part of the Wisbech 2020 project.