CAMPAIGNERS have been ordered to take down their protest signs, with the council warning they are a "criminal offence".
In an e-mail to the Foxley Residents' Association, which organised the signs, council officer Robert Snodin said: "The placards are not covered by a permitted class in the Control of Advertisement Regulations 2007 (as amended). Therefore they are not only a breach of planning control but also constitute a criminal offence."
He continued: "I trust to receive your full cooperation with this matter to avoid formal enforcement proceedings having to be instigated against the individuals concerned."
Objectors, who say the planned 22-bed extension to the home would cause traffic chaos, are defiant, however, signalling they will not back down.
In an e-mail to Mr Snodin, FRA chairmen Brian Watson and Simon Brew said: "Why are you now seeking to bear down on residents who seek to express their legitimate views on the entirely inappropriate location of this development, and the equally inappropriate planning application for its extension?"