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Re: Silbury Hill trespassers
Jan 08, 2013, 10:55
Sanctuary wrote:
nigelswift wrote:

After giving a brief description of Silbury Hill on the warning boards it goes on to say:-
'The steep, slippery and irregular surface make it unsafe to allow public access and such access would damage the protected grasslandand archaeology of the monument. Please do not climb the monument'.

That's nowhere near 'threatening' enough in todays world. Not a word about trespassing or it being illegal and of being presecuted. Why not?

Threatening messages on signs would be counter-productive, it would be a red rag and has in any case been tried and failed. A staircase was rejected by the authorities on aesthetic grounds long ago, one only has to look at Fred Astaire's wooden hill inside the henge to see why, and from memory the last discussion ended on discussions of razor wire. Personally, I will press for an increased number of slightly larger signs around the fenceline and at key sites. The most important of these would be signs in the car park, and on the approaches, such as one mounted facing both directions on the new stile (so that one can't help but be confronted with it's message), as that particular stile is easily identified by the track from it as one of the actual causes of increased footfall towards Silbury from Avebury.
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