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How do you spell Newton Abott / Abbott?

Devon gets its spelling wrong again

A bungling council's misspelt the name of one of the the towns in its patch. Devon County Council says it's aware a new sign promoting a cycle route gets 'Newton Abbot' wrong.

The sign was put up last week on Ashburton Road, near the junction with Foxglove Close, to promote a new east-west cycle route that will be opening in spring 2019.

However, an extra ‘T’ appeared on the sign with the Devon County Council sign saying ‘Newton Abbott’. A spokesman from Devon County Council said: “We are aware of the error and have asked for the sign to be corrected as soon as possible.”

The ‘East to West’ shared pedestrian and cycle path along Ashburton Road will see around 1.2km of the northern footpath route is being widened in a £1.45m scheme. It will connect housing developments Houghton Barton and Hele Park to schools, the railway station, local amenities, the town centre and the rest of the town’s cycle network, Work has begun and will be finished in spring 2019.

The spelling mistake comes just days after a letter from Devon County Council fining a Devon dad for taking his child on holiday during term time was littered with spelling mistakes.

Daniel Moore, from Exmouth, received the penalty notice from Devon County Council which contained as many as seven spelling mistakes. He took his five-year-old son Charlie out of Bassetts Farm Primary School for five days so the family-of-four could go on holiday to Majorca. Mr Moore, 31, said he was worried that such a letter could come from the department responsible for children’s education across Devon.


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