Save our signs
CLEARLY, from the number of letters I have received, the plight of our remaining fingerposts, which tell us in miles, halfmiles, quarter-miles and eighths of miles the distance we need to go, touches a chord with many of you. These delightful signs vary in shape and design from place to place and from county to county. They have been disappearing since the Worboys Committee deemed that standardised signs should replace them in 1964. Many survived this centralised decision only to fall into neglect over the past 50 years. Today, the Department of Transport recognises their role ‘in maintaining a sense of community in a rapidly changing environment’, but many are in a perilous state. We don’t want to lose something that so many cherish and I hope more parish councils will look into encouraging the maintenance or replacement of them.
Equally, many people would like to see fewer yellow lines scarring their roads like marker-pen tracks along their villages. Similarly, a reduction in the ugly, plastic, modern road signs that are so out of keeping with the area would bring back a charm and a sense of place. Our villages are every bit as individual as we are and these ubiquitous signs and splodges of paint are ruining their character. It’s not nostalgia, but beauty that people want. MH