Vandalised Jurassic Coast Geoneedle will be mended

PUBLISHED: 16:44 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

THE vandalised Geoneedle and information boards at Orcombe Point, reported in last week's Journal, will be repaired but not until next year. Vandals had knocked chunks out of the especially commissioned stone marker, one of two built to inaugurate the W

THE vandalised Geoneedle and information boards at Orcombe Point, reported in last week's Journal, will be repaired - but not until next year.Vandals had knocked chunks out of the especially commissioned stone marker, one of two built to inaugurate the World Heritage Site - and then someone bizarrely tried to repair the damage using filler.Vandals also defaced the two information boards on two pedestals, making them unreadable - so the plaque giving information about the Heritage Site's rock strata was removed by the county council.Leslie Garlick, of Devon County Council, has responsibility for the site and said that the same company which originally constructed the needle was looking into the best ways to repair the damage.The company was looking at various options for a more 'permanent solution' for the plinths to make them robust enough to withstand any future attacks - and that may not be until March or April 2009.One option was to replace the pedestals with stone blocks, with the information integrated into it, so they could not be removed or defaced.She said: "We are looking at replacing the information boards, perhaps with stone plinths, and that would be a more permanent solution."But the repairing of the information boards definitely won't be this summer, but more likely before the end of the financial year." Orcombe Point marks the most westerly boundary of the Jurassic Coast - and the Geoneedle was unveiled in 2002 by Prince Charles.

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