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. This means they are slowly deteriorating unless local communities are able to take on their maintenance.  As the level of traffic increases due to the Hinkley C construction project,  more and more people 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! 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 and one in Mark.  Williton and Spaxton are almost finishing work on their posts and then our project will be finished.  Of course, we would love to be able to help many more Parishes so we are exploring other avenues for funding.

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.
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.

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