Villagers put up ‘go home’ signs after finding people having picnics

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People in a village on the edge of Bristol have put up signs asking people not to visit – after finding groups enjoying picnics in the sunshine.

Villagers in Lower Failand say for the past two weekends people have been arriving to enjoy walks and bike rides, with some families even having picnics in local fields.

People have been parking up by the church and then exploring the area by foot, despite the Government restrictions in place during lockdown.

Fed up with the visitors, locals have now designed their own signs asking people to stay away.

The ‘go home’ signs have been placed at the bottom of Ox House Lane and on Sandy Lane.

One villager, who did not want to be named, said: “The first weekend of the lockdown was horrendous.

“We had people driving to the village, parking up and going for a walk.

“On the second weekend we also found people having picnics in the local fields.

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“We put up the signs asking people to go home and comply with the Government guidelines as we felt we had no other choice.”

Villagers also say they have seen a rise in cyclists and horseriders coming to the area.

Details of those cars arriving in the village have been collated and reported to police.

Residents are now anxious whether people will heed the messages and stay away over the coming Easter long weekend.

They said: “I appreciate we are lucky to live in the countryside and accept that not everyone is in the same position.

“But every time someone comes here and touches a stile or gate it is causing a problem.

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“We are now concerned we will see large numbers coming to the village over the upcoming long weekend.

“We are appealing to people from out of the area to stay away and comply with the regulations.

“At the moment we are lucky that in the south west the number of cases is relatively low compared to other parts of the UK.

“But if people continue to ignore the restrictions we will soon catch up.

“It is a minority of people and the vast majority of people understand and are heeding the restrictions.

“Everyone needs to work together so we can get out of these restrictions and go back to enjoying the things we love.”

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