Toads crossing forces Ham road closures

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Abbey Toad: Toads crossing forces Ham road closures Abbey Toad: Toads crossing forces Ham road closures

As the weather turns warmer and the nights shorter some residents are risking life and limb for a shot at romance.

But this year the notorious Ham toads, which make a yearly migration from Richmond Park to Ham Common in search of a suitable breeding spot, will get a helping hand to ensure a safe 100m trek to their new home.

To help them on their way Richmond Council decided to temporarily close part of the road they have to cross.

The council’s traffic and transport department issued a notice to residents living near the park about the closure of Church Lane, part of Church Road, Ham, “to allow the toads to cross unharmed and to eliminate the risk of accidents if drivers were to be distracted by the presence of these creatures in their path”.

But residents are not happy about the planned March 14 to 29 closure.

Marie Carmen Vaccaro, of north Kingston, branded it ridiculous. She said: “I am an animal lover, like most people in this country, but what I am very annoyed about is that I will have to make long, unnecessary one-mile detours, waste time, fuel and carbon emissions just to avoid a toad migration that nobody in this area has ever witnessed.”

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2:07pm Wed 16 Mar 11

SteveC1964 says...

Dear Carmen,
Hundreds, possibly thousands of toads have to cross this road. In previous years they have been massacred. This year they are protected and that is a good thing. One mile added to your journey is not such a hardship. I think that the lives of the toads are more important than you saving a minute or two in your car. If you wanted to reduce your carbon footprint you'd take an alternative form of transport. You're wrong to say that no one has seen this migration. It's not a figment of the collective imagination you know. If you would like to see the toad migration please go and have a look at it. Alternatively you can continue to deny that it exists.
Best wishes,
Steve
Dear Carmen, Hundreds, possibly thousands of toads have to cross this road. In previous years they have been massacred. This year they are protected and that is a good thing. One mile added to your journey is not such a hardship. I think that the lives of the toads are more important than you saving a minute or two in your car. If you wanted to reduce your carbon footprint you'd take an alternative form of transport. You're wrong to say that no one has seen this migration. It's not a figment of the collective imagination you know. If you would like to see the toad migration please go and have a look at it. Alternatively you can continue to deny that it exists. Best wishes, Steve SteveC1964
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3:11pm Wed 16 Mar 11

SteveC1964 says...

Marie Carmen I meant. My apologies.
Marie Carmen I meant. My apologies. SteveC1964
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