Derby

Gnome Island name approved for roundabout

Gnomes on roundabout Image copyright Ilson Gnome
Image caption The roundabout on Nottingham Road was already called Gnome Island by some people in Ilkeston

A Derbyshire roundabout is to be named Gnome Island in honour of the figurines that have been placed there.

Gnomes started appearing on the roundabout in Ilkeston after it was built as part of a supermarket development last year.

Informally known as Gnome Island to locals, a petition was started to officially name it and this attracted more than 500 signatures.

Erewash borough councillors approved the move at a planning meeting.

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, the council's lead member for regeneration and planning, said ahead of the meeting it was "definitely gnome joke".

"I'm sure this will be one of the more light-hearted items that we have to discuss, but that's gnome bad thing," he said.

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Image caption Members of Erewash Borough Council's planning committee met at Long Eaton Town Hall
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Image caption The roundabout previously had no official name

A Facebook page in support of the gnomes has more than 4,200 likes and a Twitter account has more than 680 followers.

The petition stated that the roundabout had become "a talking point in the area".

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Image caption The petition said the roundabout "makes people smile"

The council's officer for street naming and numbering raised no objections to the idea. Royal Mail was not consulted as the address will not be recognised as a postal address.

The campaign will now move into its second phase, which will be to get some permanent gnomes installed.

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