Road signs head to the scrapheap

PUBLISHED: 06:43 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2010

REDUNDANT road signs which have been cluttering up pretty Somerset villages for years are finally being consigned to the rubbish tip. Thirty signs have been removed from Cross, Compton Bishop and Webbington. The signs included one dating back to the build

REDUNDANT road signs which have been cluttering up pretty Somerset villages for years are finally being consigned to the rubbish tip.Thirty signs have been removed from Cross, Compton Bishop and Webbington.The signs included one dating back to the building of the M5, which instructed heavy vehicles not to use Barton Road. Others warned drivers that sheep could stray across the road from Crook Peak - land which has been fenced off for more than 15 years.Compton Bishop Parish Council persuaded Somerset County Council to scrap the useless signs, but said thousands of others clutter villages across Somerset.Parish council chairman Mike Tobin said: "The Campaign to Protect Rural England started a campaign about a year ago to get rid of redundant signs in rural areas. We had a lot in our parish."For example, you would come down Shute Shelve into Cross on the A38 and there was a sign saying 'new road layout ahead' but it was seven years old."It's a typical example. Signs have been put up but nobody takes them away."We got a traffic engineer to survey the parish with us and he agreed to remove 30 signs."Ours is just a typical parish. Throughout the county there must be thousands."People just take them for granted. They must think 'there's a weight limit sign, there must be a weight limit'."At the last parish council meeting Cllr Tobin asked the clerk to record a one word minute on the topic - success.

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