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Council bans the 'rude' street names that might offend


By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 1:24 AM on 05th January 2009




For some, the road signs mean one thing - home. For others they may simply raise a smile.

But one council is failing to see the funny side of names such as Hoare Road and Cracknuts Lane.


In a bid to avoid double entendres and unflattering place names, Lewes District Council, in East Sussex, has drawn up guidelines for new street names.


The council's cabinet is expected to agree its first street naming and numbering policy on Tuesday which will ban potentially rude sounding names.

article-1105056-02F23EF7000005DC-516_468x269.jpg Cockshut Lane is among the innuendo-laden road names to be outlawed by Lewes District Council

They say that 'aesthetically unsuitable' names, such as Gaswork Road, Tip House and Coalpit Lane, should be avoided.


Also banned are 'names capable of deliberate misinterpretation like Hoare Road, Typple Avenue, Quare Street, Corfe Close (4 Corfe Close) etc'.


It adds: 'Street names which could give offence are not used, nor are names which encourage defacing name plates.'


Under the scheme, Lewes's present day Juggs Road and Cockshut Road may have been rejected.


Former councillor Rachel Powell, of Cockshut Road, said: 'I would hate for the name to change. It has some history. I can see with political correctness why the council would not want these sort of names but it is a pity.'


The cabinet is expected to agree on the policy tomorrow.


Last August, Reading Council chiefs banned a road from being called Fighting Cocks.

The town - where cock fights regularly took place in the 1800s - already has a pub called The Fighting Cocks, but councillors deemed the road name 'rude'.

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