Apostrophes axed on road signs

Mid Devon Council is banning the use of apostophes from new street names in the district because it says they can cause confusion.

Apostrophes could be re-instated

Mid Devon Council have released a statement saying that they will be reviewing the current street-naming situation at the end of the month.

The council's leader says he hopes apostrophes will be re-instated.

“The convention not to use apostrophes when naming new streets has been in place since long before this administration took over. Personally I’m not happy about using English that’s incorrect and don’t find this acceptable.

We are reviewing the situation and I shall be recommending to Cabinet on 28 March that they amend the policy so that street names may indeed in future have apostrophes”.

– Peter Hare-Scott, Leader of the Council

Council bans apostrophes on road signs: full report

It's one of the basic rules of the English language - but the apostrophe could be banned from the streets of Mid Devon.

The council says it causes all kinds of confusion for those navigating the district. So now they're proposing to omit it completely from all new street names, as Seth Conway reports.

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Mid Devon defends the apostrophe ban

Mid Devon Council has issued a statement defending its decision to ban the use of apostrophes in new street names:

“Our proposed policy on street naming and numbering covers a whole host of practical issues, many of which are aimed at reducing potential confusion over street names. Although there is no national guidance that stops apostrophes being used, for many years the convention we’ve followed here is for new street names not to be given apostrophes.

– Communications Manager Andrew Lacey

In fact, there are currently only three official street names in Mid Devon which include them: Beck’s Square and Blundell’s Avenue, both in Tiverton, and St George’s Well in Cullompton – all named many, many years ago. No final decision has yet been made and the proposed policy will be discussed at Cabinet. The next meeting of the Cabinet is on 28 March.”

Mid Devon Council bans apostrophes

Mid Devon Council is banning the use of apostrophes from newstreet names in the district because it says they can cause confusion.

So no more St Mary’s Close or George’s Square for new developers in future. So far the Council has not explained exactly who might be confused

The apostrophe often causes arguments for scholars when it is used incorrectly. There is even an Apostrophe Protection Society which was started in 2001 with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of the punctuation mark.