A NEW interpretation board is to be installed at the Broad Town white horse.

Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board heard the information boards at white horses around the county were in a bad condition prompting visitors to complain they were difficult to read.

Community engagement manager Alexa Davies told the meeting on Wednesday night they were not accessible for blind and disabled people.

The board agreed a grant of £250 to revamp the board at Broad Town with a new design in laminate and a QR code and audio descriptor linking viewers to further information about all of the eight white horses in Wiltshire.

She said in her report: “The information will be accessible to a wider range of people due to the audio descriptor and improved legibility with larger text and a better quality sign.

“The website featured on the interpretation board will provide a map and description of a walking route between the white horses. This will encourage people to get outside and explore the trail.”

She added that the project had started as a local issue raised by a concerned resident, but had grown into a county-wide project.

The Broad Town horse, which first appeared in the hillside in 1864, was overgrown and neglected until a local restoration society was formed in 1991.

Westbury, built in 1778 is the oldest of the white horses while Devizes, carved in 1999 to mark the Millennium, is the oldest. Others in the white horse herd include Hackpen Hill and Marlborough.

The signs will be installed in the spring.