A busy Richmond road has been forced to close for the fourth year in a row to allow local toads to get jiggy in safety. Church Road has been partly shut off for the past few years to allow travelling toads to make the journey to a popular breeding pond, a veritable hot bed of amphibian love-making just 330ft from the highway.
The local council has written to motorists warning them of the possibility of toad-fuelled disruption, which could go on until April 4. Councillor Chris Harrison, a man presumably unaware of the unintentional hilarity of his words, stated that when frogs are in breeding season, they tend to favour ‘moist conditions’. Eww. However, he went on to insist that the council would do its best to keep any disruption to a minimum. You’ll be relieved to hear that the local authority recently received increased funding for a new pond, meaning this now infamous spot for toads is likely to be moved to avoid the busy Church Road. Phew.