No more signs for Cocklake residents
PUBLISHED: 15:27 06 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:25 06 October 2010
RESIDENTS of a Sedgemoor village are being plagued by mischievous pranksters who keep vandalising and stealing their community signposts.
After many years of replacing the defaced and missing signs, the parish council at Cocklake has finally had enough, and has refused requests to replace them.
Signposts to the village, near Wedmore, have been a common target for vandals over recent years, with pranksters painting out the ‘l’ on the signs to make them read ‘cock ake’.
But as well as being defaced, the £300 signs have also been pinched - so often, in fact, that there is now only one remaining, in a secret location.
Councillor Mal Johnson, chairman of Wedmore Parish Council, said: “We have lost some signs around the village and the parish, we estimate about 30 in total, and they cost around £300 each to replace so if we replace them all we would be looking at quite a substantial amount.
“Obviously there is a light-hearted element to this all, but the real issue here is one of cost.
“The income isn’t worth the money which we have to save when you look at the amount of signs that have gone missing over the years.”
Vice chairman of Wedmore Parish Council, Councillor Robert Duckett said: “It’s really sad that we can’t replace the signs, because as soon as the signs go up they just get damaged or go missing.”
Cocklake resident Hugh Alsop, who wrote two letters to the parish council urging councillors to replace the signs, said: “The signs were always vandalised, and then they went missing, and now there’s nothing left.
“My concern is that Cocklake as a hamlet just isn’t identifiable.
“The other hamlets in the Wedmore parish have all got signs, but Cocklake, even though it’s on the B3151, which is a main through road, has nothing to identify it.”