CHESHIRE West and Chester Council won’t have to fork out a penny to correct a £9,000 sign installed in the city centre.
The sign, which was erected in Eastgate Street during the summer, gives details on the Eastgate Row North, dubbed ‘Bakers’ Row’, where bakers lived and worked in the past.
But the main title is grammatically wrong with a misplaced apostrophe declaring it ‘Baker’s Row’, suggesting just one baker lived on that section of the Rows even though the rest of the text is fine.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the council says interpretation contractor Imagemakers will foot the bill for the mistake.
A council spokesman said: “There is no cost to the council as this was a mistake by the supplier, who is already rectifying it.
“The council works, not on apportioning blame to an individual, but in resolution of the situation and that is exactly what has happened here. The new sign will be being installed as soon as it is completed.”
The sign was paid for from the council’s Rows Project funds with costs including £7,000 for design, labour and enamel coatings, plus £1,000 installation costs and £800 to cover archaeological investigations.
The spokesman added: “The cost of the sign is part of a bigger signage and wayfinding project so while we can give costings for this particular sign it needs to be seen as part of the overall project.”
Other signs include one promoting Godstall Lane as the ‘romantic heart of the city’ with another in Northgate Street.
A sharp-eyed Chronicle reader also spotted a typographical error in the street sign by the amphitheatre which wrongly titles the street as ‘Little St Johns Street’ instead of the correct ‘Little St John Street’.
A council spokeswoman said it would be replaced.