DVS has been working with the Parish Council to help protect Datchet’s listed milestone which was knocked over and damaged by a vehicle in September 2018. It has been temporarily cemented in place while a decision is made about its future conservation and possible relocation for its own safety. At the moment, it is particularly vulnerable to further damage by vehicular impact. The section of the stone closest to the road has been damaged and some of the lettering is missing. The lower section also suffers from salt-spreading, rainwater sprayed from the gutter, and exhaust pollution. It has no gravel breather margin and the temporary cement repair is also detrimental, causing ‘wicking’. In its current location, the milestone is suffering significant ongoing and disfiguring decay. Its location and insecure temporary fixing mean it is at real risk of damage or loss.
DVS has liaised with The Milestone Society and produced a report for the Parish Council which can be found here (milestone report). The proposal is to move the milestone to the village green. The Parish Council is submitting a planning application to the Borough. Heritage England will also be consulted.