A1 signs funding plea

Masham - where councillors have issued a plea to the county council for help getting tourist signs to the town installed on the upgraded A1(M)
Masham - where councillors have issued a plea to the county council for help getting tourist signs to the town installed on the upgraded A1(M)

Masham Parish Council is to approach the county council for help funding the A1 signs the town has campaigned for.

The parish council held an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday, March 19, when councillors and members of the public met to discuss plans for covering the £36,000 cost of the tourist signs from the upgraded A1(M).

The parish council has now written to North Yorkshire County Council asking for help with the bill, and asking for the county council to sign an agreement with the Highways Agency to make sure the new signs can be installed.

Chairman of the parish council, Coun Andrew Burrell, said it could not sign the agreement itself because the £36,000 price tag attached to it was beyond the council’s means, and because the wording of the contract would leave them open to an even bigger bill should any “unforeseen” costs arise.

Last week, Masham’s MP Julian Smith said he was “staggered” at the cost of the signs and asked the Highways Agency to reconsider the price they were quoting the town to erect the signs.