Red faces at Trowbridge Town Council over errors on play area signs

Wiltshire Times: One of the signs on the children’s play area at Trowbridge Park. Picture by Glenn Phillips One of the signs on the children’s play area at Trowbridge Park. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Misspelt signs on the four gates of the children’s play area at Trowbridge Park have left Trowbridge Town Council red faced, after the error was picked up by local residents.

The signs, which warn visitors that they are not allowed to smoke or bring dogs into the play area, spells ‘allowed’ wrongly with ‘or’ being used twice in a row as well.

Despite the obvious errors, the signs managed to make it onto the gates of the play area, with numerous residents contacting the council to highlight the comical mistake.

One resident Gill Feltham, who alerted the Wiltshire Times, said: “I was taking my dog for a walk in the park on Thursday and I don’t know what made me look at it, but I had to do a double take.

“Obviously no one in the town council, or amazingly the people they use to produce signs, has ever heard of spell checker or proof reading.

“To think it would have gone through several people and no one spotted the errors is crazy.

"I noticed allowed was spelt wrong and then I saw the double ‘or’ as well. It was pretty funny.”

The signs have now been replaced.

Trowbridge town council clerk Lance Allan said: “The town council has replaced all of the incorrect signs with new correct signs after the mistakes were pointed out.

“I can assure residents that through our arrangements with Trowbridge In Bloom sponsors and sign manufacturers the replacement signs have been produced at no additional cost to the council tax payer.

“We hope that residents and visitors appreciate the improvements we have made to the park over the past year since it was transferred to the town council, with the new fence around the children’s play area we can ensure it is kept dog free as long as dog walkers obey the new signs.

“We have also reiterated the previous decision to make children’s play areas smoke free outdoor environments.

"If there are any other issues we need to address please do not hesitate to contact the town council at the Civic Centre on info@trowbridge.gov.uk.”

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10:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

themoaner says...

Doont annyone checck the spellinng , terible !
Doont annyone checck the spellinng , terible ! themoaner
  • Score: 7

11:04am Wed 2 Jul 14

Elboo1992 says...

Ha ha! Maybe they're averse to doggie bands (ie Girls Aloud).
Ha ha! Maybe they're averse to doggie bands (ie Girls Aloud). Elboo1992
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mzaccarelli says...

Anyone could make this mistake. It is so minor. I can't believe it is news.
Anyone could make this mistake. It is so minor. I can't believe it is news. mzaccarelli
  • Score: -23

5:07pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Murdering someone in the park is also not allowed, why no sign for that?
Murdering someone in the park is also not allowed, why no sign for that? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -12

7:44pm Wed 2 Jul 14

eureka+ says...

sad .. sad.. sad ! get a life
sad .. sad.. sad ! get a life eureka+
  • Score: -10

7:53am Thu 3 Jul 14

anonomous100 says...

Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up!
Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up! anonomous100
  • Score: 5

10:11am Thu 3 Jul 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

anonomous100 wrote:
Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up!
Does your son have a choice when in proximity to traffic exhaust fumes?
[quote][p][bold]anonomous100[/bold] wrote: Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up![/p][/quote]Does your son have a choice when in proximity to traffic exhaust fumes? The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 8

10:47am Thu 3 Jul 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"...often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice."

Just how close does your son get to these evil, open air, smokers that have the audacity to annoy you?
"...often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice." Just how close does your son get to these evil, open air, smokers that have the audacity to annoy you? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -10

1:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

anonomous100 wrote:
Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up!
Suck it up - as the The.CentralScrutinis
er says ... ignorant busybody. Perhaps you should move to Scotland _ I hear they're recruiting prod noses.

http://www.spiked-on
line.com/newsite/art
icle/named-persons-s
pies-in-the-family-h
ome/

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[quote][p][bold]anonomous100[/bold] wrote: Please ignore the sign anyway, often there are people sitting around smoking in the park, which annoys me!! I don't want my son smoking other peoples smoke he doesn't understand it and doesn't have a choice. Anyway rant over!! Stupid error should have been proof read before the sign was made up![/p][/quote]Suck it up - as the The.CentralScrutinis er says ... ignorant busybody. Perhaps you should move to Scotland _ I hear they're recruiting prod noses. http://www.spiked-on line.com/newsite/art icle/named-persons-s pies-in-the-family-h ome/ In the meantime an order has been placed for TTC PPE which consists of , huge red shiny boots, oversize baggy white trousers with large red polka dots, white face paint, topped off with massive ginger afro wigs. moonrakin wurzel
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9:58pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Mike_Wazowski says...

Wiltshire Times reporting on spelling mistakes...The irony!
Wiltshire Times reporting on spelling mistakes...The irony! Mike_Wazowski
  • Score: 15

11:39am Sun 6 Jul 14

Andrew Lye says...

The word "aloud" would have not been queried by spellchecker as it is a word in its own right. Its just the wrong spelling.
Come to Wales. We get the occasional errors where the Welsh translation on a sign is at odds with the English as many signs are bi-lingual.
The word "aloud" would have not been queried by spellchecker as it is a word in its own right. Its just the wrong spelling. Come to Wales. We get the occasional errors where the Welsh translation on a sign is at odds with the English as many signs are bi-lingual. Andrew Lye
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Andrew Lye says...

Here's a good one to laugh at......

http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/hi/7702913.stm
Here's a good one to laugh at...... http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/7702913.stm Andrew Lye
  • Score: -1
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