PLANS to advertise a charity’s 25th anniversary were scuppered – as road clearance workers binned its sign.
The Apuldram Centre, a charity for adults with learning difficulties, was all set to celebrate with cream teas, crafts and a tombola – and had a professional sign specially made for the event.
But Julia Sandalls, who is employed by the centre said the sign vanished within her lunch break.
“I was devastated,” she said. “We were trying to promote awareness for the centre and drum up a bit of business.”
Miss Sandalls said it was obvious the big sign was advertising fundraising celebrations.
“We went round to the dust cart men in Westhampnett but in less than 24 hours they had picked it up destroyed it.
“The chap was so apologetic.
“He said it shouldn’t have been touched because we are a registered charity.
“But they could have taken it down and said something to us.
“For a charity event there has to be some sort of leeway.”
A spokeswoman for Chichester District Council said the council will remove ‘unauthorised advertising signs’ from the sides of roads however there is ‘some discretion about small local charity events’.
“One of our street cleaning crews mistakenly removed this sign and we have apologised to the Apuldram Centre and now settled the matter.”
Miss Sandalls thanked The Sign Shop in Chichester for having a replacement printed as soon as possible – but she said it was something she ‘could have done without’ while organising the event.
Celebrations at the The Apuldram Centre are set to take place on Sunday, June 1, from 12-4pm.
There will be stalls, entertainment, cream teas and the opportunity to see community projects worked on by tenants and trainees.
The centre, which relies on volunteers and fundraising, provides day care and encourages adults to become more independent.