THE Happy Moonraker has lost count of the times a vehicle has found itself stuck in Tanner’s Lane ford, a few miles north of Salisbury.
Council signs clearly say at each side: “Danger Unstable River Bed”, so, short of placing someone there with a warning flag and a big stick for 24-hours a day, what more can be done to stop people being stupid?
Even Tilly the terrier’s friend Budleigh (see photo) is surprised that drivers still ignore the warning. A satnav voice can certainly sound convincing, if not compelling, but surely common sense ought to come into it somewhere.
The heavily pregnant driver of this car had driven about 30 miles from Dorset with three passengers. They all had a soggy end to their trip, together with a lot of expense, once they’d contacted someone with a tractor to tow them out (£50 cash, no questions) and then paid for repairs.
It is not just car drivers. Tilly and I have seen vans and lorries stuck there. On one occasion a van full of washing machines had to be completely unloaded before it could be towed out.
There is a lesson to be learned here.