Vandals have cost the Parish Council more than £60 after attacking and destroying signs urging cyclists to respect horse riders on the cyclepath between the village and Didcot.
The signs were erected at the start of the cyclepath at the west end of the village and where the path crosses the Appleford Road.
The path is a Sustrans National Cycle Route but cyclists must give way to horses and walkers. The council decided to erect the signs following pleas from horse riders complaining about the behaviour of some cyclists. It was claimed that in some incidents cyclists disregarded horse riders and became aggressive.
As a result the council decided to erect the signs reminding cyclists to beware of, and respect horse riders. Within a few weeks the signs had been torn down so the council replaced them with more robust signs with firmer fixings. But these too have been destroyed (see the before and after photographs below).
Parish councillor Steve Brown said: “It was very disappointing to see the damage to the signs. After the first set was either destroyed or removed we decided to replace the signs with more robust fittings. Unfortunately these too were attacked and whoever was responsible used considerable force to rip off the signs. A crow bar must have been used to prise off one sign.”
The British Horse Society has offered to contribute towards the cost of a new set of signs. The council is considering its next course of action.