Lewes District Council has attracted the attention of the Daily Mail with a proposed new street naming and numbering policy which, if agreed tomorrow, could see the end of "names which encourage defacing name plates", such as Cockshut Road, Cracknuts Lane and Juggs Road. Also for the chop are 'names capable of deliberate …
Fanny Hands Lane
My favourite, in Lincolnshire.
You couldn't make it up gone mad
My favourite regularly defaced street name is Canal Street in Manchester, which for those who don't know runs through the middle of the gay district. Guess what that gets defaced as. Go on, guess.
So the rather dodgy sounding place of Fingling Ho will have to have a "name reassignment" then?
Attracted attention in which way?
Are the DM saying this is a "Good Thing", and supporting the council or are they saying its a "Bad thing"? Its important to know these things especially when the DM is involved because I'd hate to think I might be agreeing with them given their rabid obsession with the new "extreme" pornography act (won't someone please think of the children, please?) where they seem to make Hitler and Stalin seem scarily mainstream.
Frankly given the way the economy is going I'm amazed that Lewes District council are bothered with such a stupid little thing. I guess Minge Lane or Horney Old Road would be for the chop in their NuWorld town? I look forward to Gloucester County Council renaming Uckington (and yes there is space to the left of the U on the sign posts to add a single letter F)
Sad, Sad, Sad
Isn't that where Lewd behaviour was invented?
That's a Chage of Address for me then
Since I live in DogPool Lane
Not Nulab for once
Actually for once this lunacy isnt down to NuLab, Lewes is Liberal Democrat council.
Why Stop There?!
Why not force people with unsuitable last names to change them, or at least prevent them from reaching high official positions, as, while street names are merely a local inconvenience, they internationally disgrace the whole country!
Loss of an icon....
Does this mean we are going to loose _anal _treet [in Manchesters Gay Village] as well?
Time for the good Burghers of Lewes to burgher off, methinks.
I feel certain that their efforts to "improve" the town will be less than welcome, particularly if the roads are anything like the ones around here. I just wonder how much money the exercise will cost, even if it doesn't go ahead.
Perhaps we should have a "head exploding" icon?
In other news
Lewes Social Services has deemed naming one's daughter "Charlotte" to be child abuse, saying:
"Well, it clearly rhymes with 'Harlot', innit?"
Not the first council to do it
Islington did it last century when it renamed Maiden Lane in Farringdon. To be fair, it was previously called Gropecunt lane so I can see their point.
& where do they draw the line?
anagrams, cryptics & foreign meanings? what utter bollox
example of PC madness. It's a shame when the vandals (who might damage a sign for amusement) win by getting society to change the signs instead of the council confronting and dealing with the real problem.
I'm sure the good burghers of Lewes are glad
that their council tax is being spent in such a productive way, particularly given the current economic climate!
It's not political correctness to get rid of Cockshut Lane... it's just saving money on replacing/cleaning the sign when it gets repeatedly vandalised. Shame to lose it, though.
Recession? What Recession?
The council must be drowning in money if it has nothing better to do than this and waste it's money on it. Hopefully a reduction of council tax will be on its way then.......
Political correctness GOOORN MAAAD
I'm not sure why Rachel Powell blames political correctness - it seems to be a catch-all scapegoat nowadays. The council clearly state that it's to reduce defacement. It would be a case of political correctness if they did something like renaming 'Brown Street' to 'Interracial Street'.
Idiots are destroying an important aspect of social history. And now watch a few clever people slip ones in unnoticed.
...has the amusingly named "Butthole Lane":
And we like it that way, thangyervermuch.
Not the first time
Bring back Gropecunt Lane!
Carters Lane ...
... also known as Wibbly Wobbly Lane
This is what a "street" sign on a small lane between Luton and Hitchin says!
What about Scunthorpe then?
Mines the one with '101 jokes you should have left behind in the playground' in the pocket.
Place name revisionism
Reminds me of the ongoing process in the US where there's an ongoing argument between african-americans and hispanics (no doubt fueled by a load of do-good white liberals!) as to whether names containing "negro" should be expunged from maps because they have racist backgrounds ... or whether the name predates slavery and comes from the spanish word for black and thus changing the name is an act of racism against hispanics.
Similarily while in California 10+ years ago I remember reading someone had persuaded the Calif DMV that "JAP" was an offensive reference to Japanese people and got them to cancel all car license plates that included "JAP" as a substring!
Wonder if ...
Willy Lane in Cockerham is for the chop then.
Some don't even need defacing...
Sluts Hole Lane, in Besthorpe, Norfolk for one
Happy New Year y'all
How is introducing one line to a policy a 'waste of council tax payer's money'? It takes two minutes to do. Surely the bigger waste of council tax payer's money is replacing signs that repeatedly get defaced?
I think a previous poster might have been closer to the main reason: if you have to keep cleaning or even replacing defaced signs, why not simply replace them with one that won't get defaced again?
Of course the cost to the people who might live or work in those places isn't a factor to the council...
I work with a guy called Rudi Cockx - I know this is about places rather than people, but even after all these months that's still too snigger-worthy for me to resist posting! :-D
Presumably the whole town is getting renamed?
I mean, the place is called 'lewes' which sounds awfully like another word for lavatory.
Its an admittedly terrible bad pune or play on words - but since they seem to actually be basiing the whole silly plan on the premise that bad puns are so dreadful we have to rename a bunch of streets, then I think they ought to rename the whole bloody place, lest it become known as 'toiletville'. Its certainly how I'm going to refer to the place from now on.
If you're going to start down a a silly path, at least have the balls to follow the path to its logical conclusion - or give it up as a bad job before you even start.
Used to have a house on the outskirts called Far Corfe. Some footballer owned it in the 1980's... not sure now. However it is a perfectly Legit name....
Boot, other foot
I did hear a tale - may be an Urban MythThat a council planning refusal for a residential development had neen overridden, but they managed to get the developer to loose interest when they pointed out that they had the responsibility for naming roads and that it may just be possible that a good number of street names they might come up with could abe a little off-putting for purchasers.
I'm off to my local pub:
The Cockwell Inn,
'ello 'ello 'ello
Letsby Avenue in Sheffield has one building on it: a Police station.
Re: Boot, other foot
Oh, did you take over the lease from Miss Lucy Likes?
In other news of street furniture defacement, there's a sign in Lincolnshire that reads "To Old Bolingbroke and Mavis Enderby", to which a local wit has added "the gift of a son".
Re: Not the first time
"Bring back Gropecunt Lane!"
I have it on good authority from a mate of mine who's a keen local historian that what is now Grape Lane in York used to be Grope Lane, or some variation thereof, on account of what used to go on in ye olde times.
The nearby village of Long Marston has a street called "Butt Hedge" - never fails to raise a snigger or two.
A Hucking nuisance
I live near a village in Kent called Hucking. Wonder what they would make of that, along with another nearby area called Pratt's Bottom? In my opinion, these quaint old names, that have probably been around for centuries, should survive and to hell with namby-pamby councils who seem to want to protect us against...................er...............what, exactly?
Lewes - PC?
Does Lewes still resound to the chant of 'Kill the Pope' every 5th November? It certainly used to. Does the council still encourage visitors to the town's bonfire night celebrations?
Pot, Kettle etc
One of the best
I remember seeing this roadsign years ago while traveling through a village in Northamptonshire. I had to stop the car becuase i was laughing so much.
Thumbs down becuase I hope they never change the names of roads like these as they are part of our history.
We used to have a Gropecunt Lane too, but I can put my hand up to a Crotch Crescent that's been around since the 30s.
I think Lewes has a history of this too, a girlfriend of mine lived there - in a place called Pudding Lane, although officially it was known as St James St
Nothing like rude street names to get Reg commentators going
The name I liked (probably been expunged now) comes from somewhere in Derbyshire, I think -- Peniston Rise. I liked the way the second part of the name was included in the smut and have the obvious photo of friends standing in front of the 'ton'.
Alien, since s/he/it doesn't seem to get much of an airing.
What a bunch of eastwoods...
I used to work for a govt dept when they were computerised.
I wouldn't like to say here what Clint Green in Norfolk got scanned/rekeyed as.
Hint: works best all in caps...
OK, hands up...
everyone (including me) who's spending an amusingly childish afternoon typing rude words into Streetmap
Yep. Web pages with the word "Scunthorpe" in them used to be blocked by my ex-employers.
We'd get a message explaining that the page contained obscenities.
Has nobody mentioned that...
There are 3 Twats in these fair isles?
Won't somebody please think of the children, etc.
@David Shepherd Re: license plates
They nipped that one in the bud then.
Isn't Lewes the place where they burn effigies of the pope on a bonfire every year? Seems they have more unsavoury aspects of local traditions to neuter before they start on the road signs...
On my street there is a small lane called "Pilrig House Close". It only has two buildings on it...
I've only once seen the sign without graffitti. The council replaced the sign and the vandal replaced their part the next day.
"Pilrig House ^is very Close". Never failed to make me smile.
I live on Cockshut Lane, not in Lewes but up in the Midlands - the road's been called that for well over a century and the name originally meant "a type of net used to catch woodcock". How stupid that Lewes are wanting to change the name just because of a few idiot teenagers! Grow up Lewes council!!!
all the signs
in the lovely little village of Shat always make me chuckle when passing through, particlarly the travel agents, Shat Travel.