Town councillors this week hit out at vandals who have deliberately painted out the words ‘Burnham-On-Sea’ on roadside signs leading into the town.

Four signs on the M5 motorway bridge leading from Mark and at Isleport Business Park have been daubed with white paint, as shown in our photos.

Another sign with Burnham-On-Sea painted over“It’s nothing more than wanton vandalism,” said Town Clerk Eileen Shaw.

She added that a quote from a local sign writer had estimated that the cost of repairing each sign could be up to £150 per sign.

Discussing the incident at this week’s Town Improvements Committee meeting, Councillor Ken Smout said: “It does seem that the vandals are trying to make a political point. Do these signs lie in Burnham or Highbridge?”

But Mrs Shaw responded: “That’s not the point here. We are one parish for both Burnham and Highbridge, which is reflected on signs leading into the area.”

Councillors decided to leave the signs as they are for the time being amid concerns that the vandalism would be repeated. They are also to consider introducing more generic ‘welcome’ signs.