A Falmouth resident has complained about "ugly" plastic notices on display at Pendennis Castle - and some people are even taking matters into their own hands. 

The resident, who asked not to be named, walks the castle footpaths daily, and contacted the Packet to complain about the "ugly plastic notices, with plastic cable ties, carrying ridiculous messages".

Falmouth Packet:

He said that members of the public have been protesting against the signs by tearing them down, and the parking signs have been turned around.

English Heritage told the Packet that the signs had been "well received".

They remind people to keep their distance and warn of priority on footpaths, as well as point out car parks and the disabled drop-off point. 

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"The notices don't allow for common sense", said the resident.

"On millions of miles of footpaths around the world, people are left to use their common sense to distance when passing, but not at Pendennis Castle.

"Here, lots of these ugly notices tell visitors who has right of way on footpaths and therefore who should step aside, irrespective of the circumstances.

Falmouth Packet:

"There are other notices telling visitors the way to the car parks, a couple of hundred metres away.

"I am not the only one who thinks these notices are daft. This morning a member of staff was putting up new notices to replace the ones that had been torn down.

"This person will also have to adjust parking signs that are on temporary sticks that have been turned to point in the wrong direction. This could turn into a full time job, costing a fortune.

Falmouth Packet:

He added: "Im outraged because it seems so absurd to be printing these plastic signs telling people to be sensible. It's not ecologically friendly.

"It's not as if we haven't been told a million times to wash our hands and distance.

"I have seen plenty of absurdities during this pandemic but this takes the biscuit."

English Heritage, which operates the castle, said in a statement: "At Pendennis Castle, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff are of the utmost priority and our new signage encouraging social distancing and promoting the new one-way systems around the castle have been well received.

"It is a shame that a small minority are removing or obstructing these signs, but monitoring them forms part of the site’s daily checks and so does not incur an extra cost.

"As a charity we are very aware of using our resources efficiently and we appreciate your concern."