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A Welsh Council Is Banning Rude Street Names Such As Hoare Lane

Could this be the end for Cumming Street and Fanny Hands Lane too?

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The crackdown comes after people complained about Hoare Road and Typple Lane, saying that such places are unsuitable for families.!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sHfkbhL2APQ6MwW2XO-wybA!2e0!6m1!1e1

Councillor Philip Evans told the South Wales Evening Post: "Some names can cause offence or can be misinterpreted so it's better to try to avoid them." He added: "We had a road named Old Abattoir Lane and residents were a bit upset about it and asked for it to be changed."

Maybe the residents of Hoare Road are right to care. Need a Property recently worked out that a rude street name reduces a house's price by £84,000 on average.

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For example, residents of Minge Lane in Worcestershire can expect to sell their house for 31% less than people living in a more boring street round the corner. Residents of Cock Lane in Farringdon don't have to worry as much, however; their naughty street name only loses them 6.3%.

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