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Victory for 'common sense' in naming of streets row; Punctuation ban rejected.

Byline: RHODRI BARKER @dpanglesey

APOSTROPHES will live on in the streets of Denbighshire after councillors decided to reject a proposed ban on punctuation in street names.

The Street Naming and Numbering Policy presented to the county council's cabinet yesterday proposed banning punctuation so that names like "St Andrew's Drive" would become "St Andrews Drive".

But members came to the rescue of the apostrophe and decided that punctuation should continue to be used.

The decision was hailed as a victory for common sense by the Plain English Campaign, which described efforts by local authorities to remove punctuation as "bizarre" and "condescending".

A spokesman said: "We're very pleased to hear that punctuation will continue in Denbighshire. Thank goodness common sense has prevailed."

A proposed ban on naming streets or public buildings after well-known people was also amended as councillors considered the policy yesterday. The authority had said that such a ban was necessary in case a person's reputation became tarnished, as happened in the case of Jimmy Savile.

But the cabinet has now ruled that: "Any proposal to name a street after specific individuals (living or deceased) will not be approved unless a clear case is made as to the historical or cultural link of the individual to the land or locality."

The measures are among many proposed by the council as it seeks to "avoid names that may cause offence, may cause confusion or may be controversial". Among those said to benefit from the new policy are the emergency services, who are expected to find it easier to locate addresses.

POST Page After considering the policy yesterday, members also decided to allow the use of the words Court and View while naming streets.

The words End, Cross, Side, Wharf, Walk, Park and Meadow remain banned, but can all be used in a street name if it ends with an "appropriate suffix", such as Mile End Road.

DAILY SAYS 8 The policy also says the word "the" should not appear in any street name in Welsh or English.

The words Vale, Dene, Mead and Rise can be used "for exceptional use if pushed" on residential roads.

"Aesthetically unsuitable" names, such as Tip House or Pit Lane, will be avoided, as will names "capable of deliberate misinterpretation", such as Hoare Road, Typple Avenue and Swag House.

All new street names must be either a Welsh-language name or a bilingual name which is "consistent with the local heritage and history of the area", says the report.

Phonetically similar names such as Churchill Road and Birch Hill Road will not be allowed in the same postal area. The council says any application to omit a street number - such as the number 13 due to "superstition or personal preference" - will be refused.

SSIIGGNN OOFF TTHHEE TTIIMMEESS A proposed ban on naming streets after well-known people in case their reputation is later tarnished was also amended. But this selection will still fall foul of the rules as 'Walk', 'Park' and 'The' aren't allowed
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2014
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