Council vows swift action over misspelt street sign

The incorrect 'Newham' Street sign, top, with the correct 'Newnham' Street sign pictured below.

The incorrect 'Newham' Street sign, top, with the correct 'Newnham' Street sign pictured below. - Credit: Archant

East Cambridgeshire District Council admitted this week that it made a cock-up with a street sign in Ely that was spelt incorrectly.

A keen-eyed resident noticed this week that one of the street signs heralding the entrance to Newnham Street was missing an ‘n’ – leaving confused drivers instead turning into ‘Newham’ Street.

The mix-up came despite a second, correctly spelt sign, sitting just 20 yards away on the opposite side of the road.

The council has promised to move swiftly to rectify the gaffe. Newham, a London borough, is located more than 70 miles from Ely.

A spokesman for the district council told the Ely Standard: “We are aware of the spelling mistake on the sign and a new replacement street nameplate has been ordered to be put up in the next week.”