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BWMA reproduces here photographs of sign conversions carried out by "Active Resistance to Metrication". We have place the most recent first.

Photographs featured on this page are the property of Active Resistance to Metrication. Permission to reproduce them must be sought from its chairman Anthony Bennett (click here for email).

Metric width/height replaced with lawful units
175 mts replaced with 200 yds
Lane width description legalised
Metric sign corrected
Preventing confusion: unauthorised metric height covered over
 
An entrance to an underground car park
Hastings: metres become miles
2m converted to 6'6
Sign in Birmingham
November 2001 - Lea Valley Park

In a raid called "Operation English Gentlemen" (named after a local pub), Active Resistance members converted a range of metric signs at Lea Valley Park.

To the right: metric distances covered with white paint.
Below left: the signs prepared for conversion.
Below right: lawful units added to the sign.

  Illegality painted out
Sign prepared for legalisation   Sign completed
Lea Valley Park's initial reponse was: "If this vandalism continues, we will take legal proceedings...the police are also involved, they are aware" (Herts/Essex News 7/12/01).
However, in June 2002, Lea Valley Park delivered to police a "statement of retraction", meaning they would no longer offer any evidence against Active Resistance concerning the amendments. Lea Valley Park had been advised by its lawyers that their signs did not comply with the law.


THE BATTLE OF TENDRING DISTRICT CAR PARK
 
Tendring District Council's metric sign
Tendering Council 50m
 
Active Resistance inserts imperial units
Tendering Council 50 yards
 
Council responds with dual units
 
Active Resistance blacks out metric
 
 

Holland-on-Sea: 5.5 km converted to 3 miles
5.5 kilometres
 
3 miles
Distance plates assembled for a law enforcement strike (location not disclosed to BWMA)
   
190m 200 yds
   
1.5 km
 
1 mile
 
 
6ft 6in
 
Ware 3.5 km

Ware 2 1/4 miles
 
Rye House 2.2 km

Rye House 1 1/2 mile
 
3.4 km and 7.4 km

2 1/4 mile and 4 1/2 mile
 
2 km

1 1/4 mile

Width 2m

Width 6'6
Illegal sign erected by Brentwood Council in Essex
Brentwood Council's response: described regulations requiring the use of imperial units as "obscure", and said, "The defacing of the original signs has been reported to the police as extra cost is involved in putting it right" (local press).
Illegal reference to "2m" covered over
Illegal reference to "2.3m" corrected

Illegal reference to "70m" corrected

An illegal "530m" converted to 580 yards
Member of the public approves as Active Resistance converts kilometres to miles and furlongs. Location: Southend
 

BWMA will report further action by Active Resistance to Metrication as and when information is made available.

Photographs featured on this page are the property of Active Resistance to Metrication. Permission to reproduce or use them must be sought from its chairman Anthony Bennett (click here for email).

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