Mum’s road safety banner removed by council

Heartbroken...Beth Gilbert
Heartbroken...Beth Gilbert

A LANARK mum was heartbroken after being told by South Lanarkshire Council to take down a banner in memory of her late daughter amid ‘safety fears’.

Beth Gilbert (36), of Beechwood Gate, was distraught at having to remove the 18ft by 3½ft tribute to Lanark Grammar pupil Jane, who was killed in a road smash in July 2013.

The banner – funded by road safety charity Brake – had been erected at the roundabout outside Braidfute Retail Park on November 20 but is now back in Beth’s home.

“Having to take down the banner has been very difficult for me,” Beth said. “I felt sick to the stomach.”

Beth thought that displaying the banner in Lanark would be a way of warning people about the potentially fatal consequences of getting into a car.

But she has learned that ‘a neighbour’ living at a property near Braidfute Retail Park complained to the council that the banner could distract drivers.

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