Search

Romford residents ‘cross’ with council after ‘Easter Avenue’ road signs raise eyebrows

12:00 21 November 2012

Angry residents Eamonn Mahon and Peter Bailey at the junction last year, when rapid closure of the new pedestrian crossing became the latest in a string of problems at the site

Angry residents Eamonn Mahon and Peter Bailey at the junction last year, when rapid closure of the new pedestrian crossing became the latest in a string of problems at the site

Archant

Bungling council staff had egg on their faces after stationing misspelt street signs at a Romford junction.

Visitors to the Eastern Avenue and Mawney Road crossing last week could be forgiven for thinking they had missed Christmas altogether as they were greeted with signs reading “Easter Avenue”.

The error crept in after Havering Council ordered new signs to spruce up the street scene – but it wasn’t until an officer spotted the springtime slip-up four days later that the signs were taken down.

Havering’s environment boss Cllr Barry Tebbutt said: “Four street name signs that were supplied to us had a letter missing. As soon as the error was noticed by a member of staff the signs were removed.

“New signs will be put up in the next two weeks.”

He added the council wouldn’t be charged for replacing the signs, which had cost a total of £105.78, as the error was made by the supplier.

Lime Close resident Coral Ware, who spotted the botch shortly before the signs were removed on Monday, said: “We couldn’t believe it. I don’t know if they’ve run out of ‘N’s.”

This isn’t the first time the junction has hatched problems for locals. In September last year, Transport for London (TfL) was criticised for shutting a long-awaited pedestrian crossing almost immediately after it opened.

The crossing replaced a footbridge that had been destroyed by a lorry four years previously – but TfL said drivers doing illegal U-turns were putting the public at risk.

A spokesman for TFL said at the time: “Earlier this year, TfL carried out work to install the pedestrian crossing. However, due to drivers disobeying the ‘no U-turn’ signs, we have now had to close it on a temporary basis while further work is carried out to improve safety measures at this junction.”

The crossing eventually reopened in December 2011 with CCTV cameras in place - but local resident and chair of the Brooklands residents’ association Eamonn Mahon said illegal U-turns were still causing problems.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the erroneous street signs, “but it’s kind of a poor show if anyone doesn’t know how to spell ‘Eastern’.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:50
A car overturned on the A13 this morning (Pic: @LAS_Newham/Twitter)

Two people received medical treatment after a car overturned on the A13 in the early hours of this morning.

Yesterday, 14:39
Printing dispute

In a world obsessed with 24 hour news, it is difficult to imagine newsagent shelves devoid of local papers.

Yesterday, 08:38
Striking Junior doctors on the picket line at the Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

Junior doctors walked out on their second 24 hour strike at 8am this morning (Wednesday).

Yesterday, 08:17
Do you know who they are? Police want to talk to these men in connection with a robbery

Police have issued CCTV images after reports that three men attempted to rob an 18-year-old at a McDonald’s in Romford last night (Tuesday), threatening him with a knife and acid.

Yesterday, 07:00
A report on the brigades budget for 2016/17 will be discussed following a public consultation

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will discuss a report on the brigades’ budget for 2016/17 following a public consultation.

Tue, 18:18
One of the Cessna light aircraft used to import drugs

The trusted lieutenant of a drug smuggling mastermind has been jailed for 23 years after £33.5million of cocaine was brought into Britain by air,

Tue, 17:13
Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Queen’s and King George hospitals

The trust running King George Hospital has insisted a timeline for downgrading the A&E has not yet been drawn up.

Tue, 15:55
People taking part in Mud and Madness obstacle course at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster to raise money for St Francis Hospice

More rain meant more mud as athletes of all ages got dirty at the weekend to raise money for St Francis’s Hospice, in Havering-atte-Bower.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe