David Morton, Signpost Officer
This article is from Signpost 64, Summer 2020
In the new year the weather stayed resolutely wet and then cold, but then the weather improved dramatically and the ground finally dried. While it was doing so, along came Covid-19, accompanied first by government dithering and then severe restrictions on movement, in order belatedly to bring the spread of the disease under control. These restrictions have of course curtailed both inspections and maintenance. Another result is that there is just one new signpost to report in the three month period, giving a total of 527 signposts. The new sign, which I have written about on page 6 is:
S605 at GR SD 46479 73476 on Silverdale FP14 at Browns Houses, Silverdale, Lancashire - It is arguably the most important sign of the past decade, as it stands at the edge of Morecambe Bay and directs walkers of the scenic Lancashire Coastal Path to an older, safer and more direct alternative to walking along the foreshore. It represents a successful, twenty year struggle by Terry Norris PNFS, supported by the officers of Lancashire County Council, against one of the owners of Browns Houses and his councillor allies, who denied the existence of a public right of way, in the face of both evidence and common-sense. The foreshore is dangerous, not only due to high tides, but also because the sea has reduced the concrete ramp, which links the Silverdale-Browns Houses road down to the foreshore, to large, irregular lumps, which threaten to twist ankles and break wrists or collarbones.
Signs in the pipeline
S594 at Stydd Manor Farm, Ribchester
S598 at Ashes Farm, Copster Green
S601/602 at Pain Hill Farm, Slaidburn
S606 at Butterley, Ashover
S608 at Higgins Clough, PF canal, Disley sponsored by Disley Footpaths Society
S609 just north of Longstone Edge, in memory of Colin Henson 1933-2016
S610 at Shutts Farm, Bakewell, in memory of Geoff Errington 1949-2012
S611 near Bakestonedale, Pott Shrigley for John Goodman’s 80th birthday
MaintenanceShirley inspected 10 signs in Lancashire and I managed to inspect, clean and touch up the “badge”paint on 44 in Cheshire, the Wirral, Glossop, Limb Valley. MPs were attached to 3 signs, 17 wedged, etc.
S273 on Prestbury Lane - see short report in forthcoming Signpost issue 65.
As a result of my advert in the recent Annual Report and Shirley’s good example, two young, fit men have independently volunteered to help with signpost work and I’m feeling relieved, like Henry VIII must have felt on the day when he was told that he finally had a son and heir. Pete, Ted and John will be very glad of their help too.
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