SIR – there has been a lot of discussion on The Craven Herald website about the new ‘Craven’ signposts designed by artist Mary Woolf.

As a lifelong resident of West Craven, my concern is not with the artistic merits of the signs, but with their siting and wording.

The signs have been placed at the boundaries of the administrative area covered by Craven District Council, but feature only one capitalised word, “CRAVEN”. This give the impression that they mark the outer boundaries of Craven as a recognised geographical district. They do not.

Since the local government boundary changes of 1974, the area known as “West Craven” – comprising the towns of Barnoldswick and Earby and surrounding villages – have been administered by Lancashire-based local authorities, including the then newly-created Pendle Borough Council.

However, those changes were only intended to implement new arrangements for local government, not to ‘move’ historic boundaries, abolish established geographical districts or ride roughshod over the traditional territorial allegiances of people living there. West Craven remains a part of Craven – there’s a big clue in the name. It continues to be covered by the Craven Herald and maintains strong allegiances with other parts of Craven, particularly through sporting and cultural links.

Irrespective of their artistic merits, the new signs in West Craven are in the wrong place with their current wording. If they retain the single word “CRAVEN”, then they must be moved to the actual geographic boundaries of Craven, to include West Craven rather than exclude it. If they stay where they are, then the wording must be changed to reflect the fact that they mark the administrative boundaries of Craven District Council, which does not cover the whole of Craven.

Duncan Smith,

George Street, Earby.