'Misleading' Staffordshire welcome signs given a makeover
ROAD signs welcoming drivers to Staffordshire are set to be changed – after residents complained they were too confusing.
The signs were installed at a cost of more than £7,000 by Staffordshire County Council in an attempt to clearly define areas maintained by different councils and "instil a sense of place for the county."
Featuring the Staffordshire knot, they were put up in June at boundary points in Stockton Brook, Werrington and Basford.
But many residents complained the signs were misleading because it could seem to people, who don't know the area, that Stoke-on-Trent is not in Staffordshire.
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County councillor Christina Jebb from Endon, went as far as to say the signs "take everything away from the Potteries and the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent."
Now the council has agreed to change the signs to read "Staffordshire County Council" in an attempt to avoid further confusion.
But Penkhull resident Greg Stephens believes the alterations would only be a "further waste of money."
He said: "The only way the county council could save money is by taking all of the signs down.
"At the end of the day the hospital, the courts and the university, which are based in Stoke-on-Trent, all say they are in Staffordshire so what difference do the signs make anyway?
"It is just a waste of thousands and thousands of pounds."
The authority's community infrastructure manager Mary Anne Raffery said the plan to change the signs followed complaints to the county council.
She said: "It is the intention to erect the new 'Welcome to Staffordshire' signs on all major routes into the county on a phased basis.
"This is part of the wider county council drive for prosperity, with the aim to promote pride in the county for residents, visitors and investors.
"With regards to the signs on the boundary of Stoke-on-Trent, we intend to add the wording 'County Council' to the sign assembly, to remove any ambiguity."
It is not yet known when the work to alter the signs will be carried out.