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Devon may backtrack on apostrophe sign ban

20th March 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Devon District Council may reverse its decision to ban apostrophes on signs in the area.

Peter Hare-Scott, leader of Mid Devon District Council, has explained that the policy is under review and will recommend the decision to be reversed at a cabinet meeting on March 26th.

"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," Mr Hare-Scott noted.

The authority explained that the decision to not use apostrophes was taken to prevent any possible confusion among drivers and local residents.

A representative from the Department for Communities and Local Government commented on the authority's decision to remove apostrophes.

The spokesperson noted that England's apostrophes "should be cherished", but added that the move is ultimately a matter for the local council.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801559349-ADNFCR


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