AN attempt to smarten up the main entrance to a North Yorkshire village is not being supported by county councillors.

Tanfield Parish Council wants to erect a new name sign for Thornborough, between Bedale and Ripon, to be built from dressed stone and incorporating a flower bed and reflective sign.

The parish council, which is contributing £1,000 towards the cost, said it would replace an existing dilapidated sign erected by the highways department.

It will cost £3,100 to build a stone plinth, with another £85 for the new sign, and the parish council sought a grant of £2,185 from the county council area committee for Hambleton.

Members working on a limited budget for grant aid felt there were more pressing claims and the application should be refused.