People across Nottingham have put forward their theories over a mysterious road sign that just appeared ‘out of nowhere’ on a wall in the city centre. The new sign, located just off Lincoln Street, off Clinton Street West, appears to display a person’s name – but the reason behind its presence remains unknown.
The white sign depicts the name ‘Ayaz Ahmed Road’. Zamin Ali, the owner of The Expression store, located just on the corner of where the sign is located, said the sign had been in place for a few months.
The 25-year-old business owner believes that a man named the street after himself following a dispute. “He was angry because people were dumping rubbish on that street,” Mr Ali added.
“I think he works in the area. Customers ask me about the sign all the time. I think it has been there for two or three months now.”
However, others said that it was an artist who claimed the street, questioning the meaning behind the ‘artwork’. Abi Falade, a student in the city, 18, said: “It is intriguing really. I think it is a Banksy, or someone inspired by Banksy, who decided to put their art on the wall.”
She went on and said: “It is definitely an artist’s move. It is like a statement, especially since it is an unusual name. It is quite unique.” Asked what the meaning behind the artwork could mean, Ms Falade added: “I do not know but we will find out eventually.”
Barbara Alves, a waitress in Nottingham, 24, added: “It is a bit weird. It is a bit confusing, especially if people use it as a meeting point.” Manager Mark Wood, 54, went on and said: “I doubt that this could be a Banksy or something close to a Banksy. It is not something that you usually see and it clearly should not be there.
“It probably is causing problems because it is confusing. If the street is not named like that the sign must be taken down. If it is someone who just went on and claimed the street, and not the council, then it has to go. It is a bit weird and bizarre.”
A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council has confirmed that the passage in question where the sign is in place was not part of the adopted highway. It is thought that the street is privately owned.