Boundary signs are ‘an insult’

Andy Strangeway
Andy Strangeway

ROAD signs which appear to inaccurately mark the borders of the East Riding are ‘an insult to our culture’ according to frustrated Full Sutton resident Andy Strangeway.

Andy has written to East Riding of Yorkshire Council accusing them of showing a ‘total disregard and disrespect for the culture and folk of the county’ by placing boundary signs in the wrong place.

He says that signs such as the ‘Welcome to East Riding’ sign in Stamford Bridge stands about 500 metres outside the historical geographical boundary of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Similarly an East Riding sign on the M18 between junction six and seven actually sits in the West Riding of Yorkshire, about six miles outside of the true East Riding of Yorkshire boundary.

Andy says the signs should make it clear that they mark East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s administrative area and not the actual county boundary.

He said: “I would be surprised if the chief executive of East Riding Council actually knows where the true East Riding is.

“I find the signs insulting and I do think it is an important matter because we are proud Yorkshire folk and part of that identity comes from being in the East Riding.

“I believe that schoolchildren should be taught the geography of the county because the administration areas have no relevance at all - they can change on a whim because of politics, so it should be the true geographical boundary that is marked with these signs.

“Or it should at least be made clear on the signs that they mark an administrative area, not the actual county boundary.”

Andy has asked for a definitive statement from the Council’s chief executive as to whether the authority is committed to supporting the cultural identity of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

He received a response saying that the matter is a national one and that the council could not consider changing the signs without guidance from the government’s department for transport. A council spokesman told the Pocklington Post: “The council’s point of view is that the department for transport sets out guidance for local authorities to inform people of their administrative boundaries.

“Obviously these signs represent the administrative authority of East Riding Council and are not to be confused with the historical boundary.”