Question: when is a street not a road?

Answer: When Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) erects a sign for 'Water Tower Road' and the correct name should actually read 'Water Tower Street'.

Red-faced council chiefs have apologised for the error which it estimates will cost about £100 to put right.

Local resident Steve James, who spotted the blunder, said: “It is hard to believe that CWaC can spend money on mistakes in these cash-strapped times. If the installation gang looked behind themselves when they were installing the new sign this week they would have seen the error of their ways. The  original sign was 5m away!”

The original sign for Water Tower Street just opposite the new sign which mistakenly reads Water Tower Road
The original sign for Water Tower Street just opposite the new sign which mistakenly reads Water Tower Road
 

Council spokeswoman Laura Johnson responded: “Unfortunately, we are only human  and sometimes mistakes happen. This sign  assembly was installed upon our instruction by one of our contractor’s Community Road Care Teams, who carry out small maintenance and repair works daily throughout the borough. Arrangements will be made to remove the sign assembly as soon as possible.  The approximate cost is £100 to install,  remove and make good.”

The street is named after the nearby 14th  Water Tower, built between 1322 and 1325, at which time it stood in the River Dee. It is attached to Bonewaldesthorne’s Tower by a spur wall. Its prime purpose was to defend  the port of Chester and it was also used to  monitor shipping movements.

This is not the first time mistakes have  been made with the city’s signage. An interpretation board in Eastgate Street had to  be amended at a cost of £9,000 to the supplier after a grammatical error crept into the name ‘Bakers’ Row’, where bakers lived and worked in the past.

The misplaced apostrophe originally declared it ‘Baker’s Row’, suggesting just one baker lived on that section of Eastgate Row North.

And a sharp-eyed Chronicle reader also  spotted a typographical error in the street  sign by the amphitheatre which wrongly titled the street as ‘Little St Johns Street’  instead of the correct ‘Little St John Street’.  A council spokeswoman said it would be replaced.