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Council lists banned road names

Keere Street, Lewes (Pic:
Lewes district has never had a formal policy on street naming before (Photo:

Street names for new roads in an East Sussex town such as "Hoare Road" and "Typple Avenue" are to be banned under a new policy set out by Lewes council.

Guidelines set to be approved by the district council cabinet on Tuesday said names "capable of deliberate misinterpretation" are to be avoided.

A council report said the area "has never had a formal policy on street naming and numbering".

It said that had led to inconsistencies in road names throughout the district.

'Tip House'

The new guidelines would provide standard procedures for dealing with requests, it added.

"Aesthetically unsuitable" names such as Gaswork Road, Tip House and Coalpit Lane must also be avoided, it said.

Councillors have been advised to adopt and publish the policy, after which new software for street naming will be bought.

The council said maintaining a high standard for naming streets would help emergency services find properties, allow mail to be delivered efficiently and lead to reliable deliveries of goods and services.

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