Thursday 23 January 2020

Road sign error costs revealed

Councils have paid hundreds of pounds to correct street signs with spelling mistakes
Councils have paid hundreds of pounds to correct street signs with spelling mistakes

Councils have forked out hundreds of pounds fixing street signs because of spelling and punctuation mistakes and missing information, it has been revealed.

At least 14 councils said they had to foot the bill because of the errors by staff since January 2003.

Westminster City Council said five signs had misplaced or missing apostrophes and had to be changed, costing around £1,185, and Luton Borough Council said two spelling corrections cost £118.

Brighton and Hove City Council, Exeter City Council, Dover District Council and Oxford City Council also said they had to fork out to correct inaccurate street signs.

Other councils said they did not collect the data or claimed the request exceeded time and cost limits under freedom of information law.

Westminster City Council said they were not aware of any street signs being replaced because of bad punctuation since January 2003 but that five signs would be corrected because of errors.

The signs are Bishops Bridge Road, which should be Bishop's Bridge Road; Lord Hill's Bridge, which should be Lord Hills Bridge; Kensington Garden Square, which should be Kensington Gardens Square; Princes Square, which should be Prince's Square; and Kings Scholars Passage, which should be King's Scholars' Passage.

Westminster City Council said: "The spelling/grammatical errors are as set out above and these have only recently come to light. All five signs were put up over 10 years ago and we do not have a record of the exact date."

Canterbury City Council said it paid £279.50 in October 2008 to correct two plates which had the words Sherins Walk instead of Sherrins Alley.

"Since August 2005 the city council has had to renew one set of nameplates due to a spelling error: Sherrins Alley was a previously unrecorded but a well-known local footpath from Joy Lane to the railway line, Whitstable."

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