Portchester road sign needs to be replaced after T goes missing

MISSING 'T' One of the signs installed on the A27 Eastern Way at Fareham as part of the Quay Street roundabout remodelling has managed to misspell Portchester by omitting the first T.
MISSING 'T' One of the signs installed on the A27 Eastern Way at Fareham as part of the Quay Street roundabout remodelling has managed to misspell Portchester by omitting the first T.

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THE new £2m revamp of the Quay Street roundabout in Fareham may be up and running now, but it would appear that somebody needs a spelling test.

A new road sign on the A27 Eastern Way – alongside the new Tesco – is missing the first T from the place name Portchester.

Now members of the public and a local councillor are calling for the sign to be replaced.

Dawn Traer, from Portchester, said: ‘My 15-year-old son noticed it first as we were driving home.

‘It’s a brand new sign, and it beggars belief that they could get it wrong.

‘It’s not that difficult to spell – I’m incandescent.

‘It needs to be replaced with the correct spelling as soon as possible.’

The roundabout project was paid for by Tesco as one of the terms of being given planning permission for the new 49,300sq ft store, granted by Fareham Borough Council.

But it is Hampshire County Council which is responsible for the road signs.

Portchester county councillor Roger Price said: ‘I’m horrified that it has been misspelled.

‘I have picked up the county council in the past for plans involving Portchester where they have missed that T, so sadly I’m not surprised.

‘Someone should have picked it up.

‘I would like to see it corrected, but we need to check where the blame lies for this.

‘Tesco was responsible for paying for the works, and it may be that their contractor got it wrong.

‘Whoever got it wrong should pay for it to be changed.’

Cllr Nick Walker, Portchester West’s councillor for Fareham Borough Council, added: ‘It sounds like the county council have made another boob – it’s been done before, but that’s not an excuse to do it again.

‘Historically it has been spelt Porchester, but we live in the 21st century now, so it should be changed.

‘It is a bit of a nonsense that they’ve got it wrong.’

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment and transport matters for Hampshire County Council, was unavailable for comment when contacted by The News.

The controversial remodelling of the Fareham roundabout was completed in November last year after commuters endured six months of roadworks.

The redesign aimed to reduce congestion around the notorious bottleneck, but it has left motorists confused by the layout and there have been lengthy queues.