The parish council that has the honour of hosting the world famous Soulbury Stone has said it will let the matter of ‘unwelcome’ white lines rest for now but pledged that this is not the end of the matter.
In April, Transport Network reported that Buckinghamshire CC’s attempt to reach a compromise over a large stone in the middle of the road in the village of Soulbury might cost £40,000.
The famous stone, with 'unwelcome' white lines
Buckinghamshire had suggested a new mounting for the stone after a public backlash against its decision to paint white lines around it, which followed a backlash against a proposal to move the stone, which followed a reported one in 11,000 year accident, which followed the placing of the stone by an ice age glacier.
Unsurprisingly, Soulbury Parish Council is not taking up the offer to reset the stone for nearly £40,000 or the £14,000 alternative.
Clerk John Spires told Transport Network: ‘The Parish Council were offered several options for upgrading the setting of the stone but all of them were non-viable on financial grounds. The Parish Council are of the opinion that nothing needs to be done to the stone which is situated in a totally non-hazardous position for any sane driver.
He added: ‘The County Council highways department have surrounded the stone with some unwelcome white lines in return for not pursuing their initial proposal to remove it (an impossibility). The Parish Council are prepared to let the matter rest for the time being, but are quite determined that this is not the end of the matter. ‘