Devon council officially drops apostrophes on street signs
A council in Devon has decided to scrap the use of apostrophes on its street signs.
Mid-Devon District Council says the rule has now officially been brought in to avoid confusion in an emergency situation.
In its guidelines the council states: "We have had the opportunity to set standards so that it is efficient and eliminates confusion in street names and the numbering.
"All punctuation, including apostrophes, shall be avoided."
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The council says apostrophes can only be found in three street names in its district.
It said that Beck's Square and Blundell's Avenue, both in Tiverton; and St George's Well in Cullompton, were "all named many, many years ago".
The council says street names are unacceptable if they are likely to cause spelling difficulties, as
these may lead to confusion in an emergency situation or result in demands for a change of address from occupiers.