Devon council u-turn on apostrophe ban
A council that banned apostrophes from the names of new streets so as not to baffle residents with punctuation looks set to reverse the veto.
The leader of Mid Devon Council said he would be recommending to the ruling cabinet that the policy was changed so that apostrophes would again be used.
Councillor Peter Hare-Scott said he did not find it acceptable that incorrect grammar was being used on the council's street signs.
"The convention not to use apostrophes when naming new streets has been in place since long before this administration took over," he said.
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"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 March 28 that they amend the policy so that street names may indeed in future have apostrophes."
The council hit national headlines last week when the policy to ban apostrophes was revealed.
John Richards, founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society, which has previously forced businesses to change incorrect signs, claimed the reverse had been prompted by public pressure.
"It was a quick decision and they are to be praised," he added.