Friday, December 21, 2007

Italian street name axed

A street in the Scottish Borders is to be renamed - after residents complained about its Italian name. The cul-de-sac in Earlston was called Cappella Maggiore after a request by the community council to honour the town they twinned with in 2004.

However, residents moving into the new homes - which cost between £160,000 and £240,000 - have complained that it sounds "ridiculous".

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to rename the street Station Brae (meaning hillside especially along a river).

Cappella Maggiore is situated in northern Italy close to the city of Treviso. Since it formed twinning links with Earlston there have been regular visits between the two towns. Last year a delegation of about 30 school pupils and council officials were hosted by families in the Borders. They were also taken on a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

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