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Just which one is it? Council spells road three different ways

You'd forgive the postman for maybe getting confused after bungling council workers spelt a street name three different ways.

Brian Kelly was left baffled after he noticed his local authority had managed to spell Whiteley Avenue three different ways on signs it had put up.

The wrongly spelled sign number 1

The mistake was made after the old wooden signs, bearing the correct spelling, rotted away, and South Hams District Council rushed to replace them.

The brand new signs were erected in place, but to the dismay of local residents including Mr Kelly, they all bared different spellings.

After sending the council a map indicating where the dodgy signs are, Mr Kelly has now been told the signs are on a list to be replaced.

It's bizarre - you'd think the council would just be able to copy the old signs - but instead they came up with not one but two different spellings.

They told me they will be correcting the mistake - but have to wait to buy a batch of new signs - because it's cheaper.

– Brian Kelly
The wrongly spelled sign number 2

We apologise to the residents of Whiteley Avenue for this error and we are ordering new signs to rectify the problem.

– South Hams District Council spokesman
The council was able to get the sign right on one occasion


Will the number of councillors in the South Hams be cut?

The independent Boundary Commission is reviewing the number of councillors who run South Hams District Council to cater for changes in the population of its wards.

There are currently 40 councillors representing more than 83,000 people in the district, which covers an area of 350 sq miles. A significant shift in the population has triggered the review.

Councillors have now decided to recommend the number of representatives be cut to around 30 instead.

Any changes are expected to be consulted on next year and would not be introduced until the next Council elections in 2015.