resident urges councils to protect 'iconic' finger sign posts
Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors to do
more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across the
area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding
for their upkeep.
Young told councillors at their meeting on Monday: "I wish
to register my disbelief and disappointment that the County Council
has decided to no longer fund the upkeep of 1,715 iconic finger
sign posts across the county."
motorists increasingly rely on sat nav systems instead, although
I actually doubt this given their accuracy. Also, the council
says it no longer considers them a priority and can no longer
afford their upkeep."
have also quoted health and safety issues - yellow helmets and
what have you."
wondered whether the council or a local group, such as the Town
Team, could adopt the finger posts and clean them up."
County Council says it will pay to repair a fingerpost sign if
it falls over or breaks, but it will not do routine maintenance
or repainting. It has offered to help parish councils and community
organisations apply for grants to raise the money for the work.
Councillor David Fothergill said: "We have a budget to maintain
all our highway signs which is £175,000 per year. I love
the fingerposts... they are a part of our heritage but it's becoming
more and more difficult to find the money to pay for such a style."
Clerk Denise Emery told this week's council meeting she's aware
that some of Burnham's town centre finger post signs are "looking
sorry for themselves" and added that a spring clean of the
town centre is being planned to smarten up the town before the
tourist season gets underway.