Welsh language road signs that appeared in Worcester replaced with ‘more traditional’ English ones
Welsh language road signs that popped up in the middle of Worcester have been replaced with “more traditional” English ones, the parish council has said.
Locals had reacted with surprise earlier this week after the Welsh signage appeared in the English city.
The bilingual road signs saying ‘Ffordd Ymlaen ar Gau’ and ‘Gwyriad’ were placed by the Norton Road roundabout in the St. Peter’s part of the city known in Welsh as Caerwrangon.
But parish councillor John Renshaw said that they had now been packed up and replaced with English-only signs.
“I’m pleased to let you know that the Welsh road signs have been removed and replaced with the more traditional English ones,” he said.
“Obviously mistakes do happen and it’s great that Severn Trent and their contractors have taken remedial action so quickly once they were made aware of it.”
The same councillor had alerted the local paper, the Worcester News, when the signs originally appeared.
“I expect that the Welsh language population of St Peter’s is vanishingly small,” he told them. “Still, it’s great to see Worcestershire County Council doing its bit for diversity!”
The newspaper responded by asking its readers in Welsh: “Ydych chi wedi cael trafferth darllen arwyddion ffyrdd yn ddiweddar?” (Have you had trouble reading road signs recently?)
Worcestershire Council however said that the signs were not theirs but rather the responsibility of Severn Trent, a water company that also serves part of the north of Powys.
A spokesperson for the council said: “The signs are not related to our work and we believe that they belong to the contractors working on the industrial park site.
“Severn Trent are working on the closure on Norton Road.”
Worcester News commented: “Now the motorists of Worcester can rest easy knowing they will not require Welsh lessons to travel safely.”
Worcestershire was from the 15th to 17th centuries administered by the Council of Wales and the Marches, which also covered modern Wales as well as Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire and Gloucestershire.
Westminster accidentally ceded much of the area back to Wales recently when a petition covering the catchment areas of the rivers Severn and Wye has was rejected on the basis that they are “Wales’ responsibility”.