‘Idiots’ vandalising Welsh language sign in Cardiff ‘won’t stop policy of bilingual names’
A vandalised Welsh language street sign in Cardiff “won’t stop” the council’s new policy of bilingual street names, a councillor has said.
Heol Orllewinol Romilly, near Victoria Park in Canton, was painted out in an incident Labour Cllr Stephen Cunnah said he has reported to the police.
Stephen Cunnah, who represents Canton, said: “Very disappointed. Someone has vandalized a new bilingual sign in Canton. This is not acceptable at all.
“I’ve asked officers to arrange it, and made a complaint to the police. Cardiff Council’s Welsh street naming policy will remain in place despite the idiots”
It was decided by the council in 2019 that any new streets in Cardiff would be given Welsh names which reflect the history of the area.
More main streets in the city centre and Cardiff Bay will also become bilingual under the plans.
A new street’s name could be considered in a language other than Welsh in “exceptional circumstances” if it reflects the heritage of the area, the council said.
Council leader Huw Thomas said at the time: “We know Cardiff is growing and this will make sure the streets reflect the historic origins of these areas.”
From a public consultation of 2,248 responses, three in five (60.8%) agreed the council should work towards parity between the number of Welsh street names and English street names across the city.