Field report: the sign at Melvaig – apparent anti climb paint

Someone staying in the area has shared this:

I looked at the sign at the end of Melvaig today. All the framework is covered in a sticky black substance – it looks like it could be anti climb paint. It’s also on the back of the sign and on the screws holding the sign to the frame. It goes almost down to the ground.

Photo of the sign at Melvaig, showing apparent anti climb paint

As you can see from the picture of a tissue it comes off the sign really easily. I got a bit on my hand and that was much harder to get off!

Photo of the sign at Melvaig, showing apparent anti climb paint and how easily it transfers

I thought you weren’t allowed to use anti climb paint below a certain height? And I heard that you had to put up warning signs – there weren’t any signs I could see. The sign’s really close to the road too – I was stood on the road when I took the pictures. If anyone leaned on the sign or brushed it they’d probably get this on their clothes or hands. And can sheep and cows rub against it?

So, we ask, does anyone have details of the legal position of this sign? Also, we heard a suggestion that the sign itself, despite being past the end of the village, is actually on the public road: does anyone know, or know how we could find out?