Road signs 12 feet tall leave locals joking maybe giraffes are coming to town

Huge new road signs erected by a local council have left locals baffled.

The poles, found in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, have road signs aimed at pedestrians and cyclists on top – but the top is around 12ft in the air, which makes it hard to see the tiny blue signs.

That makes the signs, erected by the Labour-led council, as tall as the average female giraffe.

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Mike Bower, who spotted the signs and posted about them on Facebook, said: “Last week I was coming out of Greenbank Road, just off of Ainsworth Road, and I noticed these contractors putting some great big aluminium or metal poles in the ground at the junction.

“I did wonder what are they doing so I came back later.

“They had put a tiny sign of a pedestrian and bike right at the top of this huge pole. The signs are about 12 inches, and the pole is around 12 feet.

“The other new junction has four or five there too and one of those has been put up so high it is in the trees.”

And on Facebook, posting in the Radcliffe First – Public Group (Non party members) group, he questioned the local council about the cost of the poles, of which there are six.

Locals agreed with him with one writing: “Maybe we have giraffes coming to town haha there ridiculous (sic).”

Another added: “Markers for the great Radcliffe stilt race. “

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And another Facebook user wrote: “Maybe so birds can see that pedestrians and cyclists use the path below and know not to s**t there.

“The possibilities are endless.”

Some questioned whether or not Bury Council had ordered the wrong size and just put them in regardless.

The Daily Star has contacted Bury Council for comment on the extraordinarily tall metal poles.

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