St Keverne Parish Council is to work with a heritage group as part of ambitions to refurbish the area’s ‘finger’ signposts.

Members heard from David Richardson, president and secretary of the Lizard Peninsula Heritage Trust, who offered the support of his group, which has been carrying out a survey of finger posts across the peninsular.

Mr Richardson said that if the council wanted to work alongside the trust then his volunteers would prioritise the St Keverne area in their findings.

It was agreed that the council would put together a list of the known locations of finger posts in the parish, which the trust could then survey and indicate which needed the most urgent attention.

Mr Richardson told members that the fingerpost at the Coverack turning was already in need of “very comprehensive repair” that could involve dismantling the post and recasting some parts.

Councillor Derek Kevern feared this would “cost a mint” and believed many posts would benefit purely from a coat of paint.

Cornwall Councillor Walter Sanger confirmed that Gunwalloe Parish Council, which he also represents, had been given two estimates to carry out work on one of its finger posts and it would cost either £900 or £1,500 to replace just one arm.

Councillor Anthony Richards then told the meeting of act of “pure vandalism” at Trelaminny, where a signpost appeared to have been attacked with an axe and the milestone pushed over.

Clerk Grace Hatton added that the footpath sign had also been taken down.

Mr Richards said: “It begs the question, why is there some idiot going around with an axe?”