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Sign of the times for Highlands
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A new report is calling for Gaelic to be used on all signs
A call is being made for Gaelic to be used on all signs in the Highlands.

The local authority already has a bilingual policy for road signs but now councillors are to be asked to extend the policy.

For eight years it has replaced English signposts with bilingual signs if damaged, too old or on request.

But a new report recommends a review of the policy by providing a Gaelic translation on every sign across the Highlands region.

The move would lead to Gaelic appearing on all town and village welcome notices and being used to translate the names and functions of all public buildings.

In the past, councillors have been split over the value of using Gaelic place names.

Opponents argue the move could almost double the price of signs and may present a hazard for drivers forced to check they have not taken a wrong turning.

However, those in favour believe it would raise the profile of the language and appeal to visitors.

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