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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IN our Som­er­set vil­lage of Hasel­bury Pluck­nett, we also ‘saw the sign’ (Let­ters, Au­gust 17) and ap­plied for list­ing for our fin­ger­post on the vil­lage green. Today, we have re­ceived word from the Sec­re­tary of State for Culture, Me­dia and Sport that our vil­lage fin­ger­post isn’t wor­thy of list­ing. Could this be a wake-up call for a cam­paign by COUN­TRY LIFE? Chris Sim­monds

ALL is not lost for the cast-iron sign­posts of Som­er­set (Let­ters, Au­gust 17). In our vil­lage, vol­un­teers are restor­ing them with ma­te­ri­als paid for by High­ways Eng­land. How­ever, ac­cess to the sign­post has to be safely off the road—on a wide verge or in a field, for ex­am­ple. Vol­un­teers may have to cut back bram­bles and hedg­ing as well as wire brush, prime and then paint the sign.

A sur­vey is be­ing un­der­taken of the county’s beau­ti­ful fin­ger­posts; those on busy roads may have to be re­painted by con­trac­tors for safety rea­sons. If you have rusty sign­posts that can be safely ac­cessed, ask your par­ish coun­cil about a DIY com­mu­nity job. Gill Lind­say Ever­creech, Som­er­set

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