Restoring Somerset’s historic signposts

28th January 2020

We are proud to offer funding to help Parish Councils restore historic signposts close to Hinkley C.

Modern road signage was introduced across England in the 1960s but Somerset was one of just four counties that did not remove their old fingerpost signs.  As a result, we now have a wonderful back catalogue of these iconic and much loved features.  Unfortunately, Somerset County Council no longer has the funds to repair these signposts so they are slowly deteriorating unless local communities are able to take on their maintenance.  As the level of traffic increases as a result of the Hinkley C construction project, it is inevitable that more and more people, locals and visitors, will come across these rusty and damaged fingerposts in the area around Hinkley, giving a negative impression.

That’s why we applied for a grant from the Hinkley C Community Fund and we are happy to say that they awarded us £5000 to spend in Parishes within a 10 mile radius of Hinkley C over 2 years.  Thanks to hard work by Parish Councils we are now seeing some of these wonderful landmarks restored to their former glory.

Stogursey Parish have restored 16 posts in their parish and we have supported work on 6 of them and we have funded work on a further 4 in Woolavington.  Williton and Mark are almost ready to begin work on their posts – but there is still time and a small amount of funding left.  If you are a Parish Council close to Hinkley, please get in touch.

Advice and support is available on how to carry out surveys and assess what works are needed – and volunteers can attend free workshops on Highway Safety Awareness, run by Somerset County Council. The amount of funding is limited and Parish Councils must match fund any grant offered.
HPC Community Fund is managed by Somerset Community Foundation to help local communities mitigate the impacts of Hinkley Point C and maximise the opportunities that arise from the development for the communities (in Somerset) through schemes, measures and projects which promote the economic, social or environmental well-being of those communities and enhance their quality of life.