+ No headroom for Neath Swans
at Bridge Street in Neath
A readers asks: "Is Neath the only town where swans have to get out of the canal, cross the road and re-join the canal the other side?
This has been ongoing since they took the hump back bridge away, as the canal was once used by barges."
Who owns the swans?
By prerogative right, the British Crown enjoys ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water. Rights over swans may, however, be granted to a subject by the Crown (accordingly they may also be claimed by prescription.) The ownership of swans in a given body of water was commonly granted to landowners up to the 16th century.
Comment......... We think that HM will not be amused by this news item.
+ A reader has suggested signs to warn motorists of swans crossing the road in Bridge Streer, Neath. This is not so funny as it sounds as it has been done elsewhere. Perhaps Neath Environmental Groups will take an interest and follow this up.
Here's the canal bridge with no swans in sight:
In the distance is the main rail line bridge over the road.