Signs at junctions with metalled roads

Highway authorities (in Beachamwell’s case Norfolk County Council) have a duty to erect and maintain signposts wherever a footpath, bridleway or byway leaves a surfaced road. (Oddly there doesn’t seem to be any requirement for a signpost at the junction of one metalled road with another.) In Beachamwell there are 25 points where paths etc meet the road. This seems quite a large number, but Beachamwell is a big parish and has some 20 miles of public rights of way. I have recently surveyed all of these junctions to check the presence of the required fingerposts. Four are missing, and this Google map shows their locations:

Even where the necessary signposts are in place there may still be problems. For example the fingerpost at the southern end of Bridleway 11 (opposite the junction of the Cockley Cley road with the Beachamwell to Swaffham road) is set several metres back from the road and is becoming obscured by vegetation. Certainly a traveller on the road would be unaware that there was a public right of way joining the road at this point:

The fingerpost to BR11 to the right is set back from the road and obscured from view

The fingerpost to BR11 to the right is set back from the road and obscured from view in the trees

Similarly the fingerpost pointing to Footpath 7 at Greenway Corner is being swallowed up by the growth of the laurel hedge:

The sign to footpath 7 is gradually disappearing

The sign to FP7 is gradually disappearing

Information about the four missing fingerposts has now been forwarded to NCC Highways department, and so replacements should be installed in due course.

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