Artist road name fails spelling test

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Sudbury town council is working to fix a spelling mistake after a road in Sudbury failed to pay homage to a local artist.

Paul Earee, a well-known painter, is considered to be one of the finest artists born in Sudbury since Thomas Gainsborough.

But when Sudbury Town Council decided to pay homage to the local hero by suggesting his name be used as a road sign, preserving it in the geography of the town forevermore, his surname became misspelt along the way.

The finished sign, which was installed on the mews just off Newton Road around eight months ago, pays tribute to a Paul Airey instead.

Town council clerk Jacqui Howells said the error was made somewhere in the council minutes before the recommendation was passed to Babergh District Council.

“Somehow in the correspondence, the name has been misspelt and we are working with the district council to try to resolve the situation,” she said.

But Mrs Howells said changing the spelling may not be the best option for the residents living in Paul Airey Mews.

“We are looking into how we can resolve it,” she said. “It may well be that we use the correct name on another development.”

Several roads adjoining Newton Road pay tribute to Sudbury residents, such as Percy Ruse Close, named after the local man who was well-known in the community.

Gary Starling, corporate manager for building control at Babergh District Council, said they were working with the town council, residents and Paul Earee’s family to reach a compromise.

After the painter’s name was suggested, the district council asked for clarification on the spelling from the town council, but the error was still not caught.

The mistake was spotted by a family member months later.

“What we are now trying to do is to work with residents, the town council and the family to come up with a suitable answer,” said Mr Starling.

“Although we want to satisfy the family, we have now got other people to placate in as much as people are using the address in all of their correspondence.

“We know the family weren’t very pleased about it and we take that fully on board.

“It was a genuine mistake by Sudbury Town Council.”