Street naming is a statutory function. The legislation requires the Local Authority to prepare street naming and to maintain a good standard of street nameplates and when necessary repair or replace due to accidental damage, vandalism or normal wear and tear.
It is important, as we travel further from our local area, that we can find where we are and where we want to go quickly and efficiently. Street names are essential for the efficient functioning of postal and emergency services as well as for the convenience and safety of the general public.
Public Health Act 1925, (S) 17, 18 & 19 gives authorities the power to insist that the name of every street shall be shown in a conspicuous position and also alter or renew it if it becomes illegible. This section makes it illegal to pull down a street name, which has been lawfully set up, or fixes a notice or advertisement within close proximity to the sign. Anyone found guilty of infringing these requirements is liable to a fine imposed by the Magistrates.
In the case of a new development the developer is responsible for the erection of name plates to the required specification. These can be obtained by accessing the document under Related Documents.
Please use the Street Nameplate online form to report damaged, missing or illegible street names plates.
Or you can contact us in a number of ways:
By phone: 01643 703704 - between 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am - 4.30pm on Friday.
By Fax: 01984 633022
West Somerset Council
West Somerset House
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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