Durham council chiefs agree to exclude number 13 from new streets

UNLUCKY FOR SOME?: Durham County Council has agreed to exclude number 13 from new streets

UNLUCKY FOR SOME?: Durham County Council has agreed to exclude number 13 from new streets

First published in News Durham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

WHAT’S in a number?

Well, quite a lot, according to superstitious council chiefs.

Durham County Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed to exclude the number 13 from new streets in the county.

The guidelines will also apply to converted homes on existing streets.

Dave Wilcox, the council’s strategic highways manager, said the change reflected the concerns of housing developers who often struggled to sell homes located on plot number 13.

“There have also been occasions in the past where the council has been asked to re-number a property as 12A rather than 13 by developers or homeowners,” he said.

Afterwards, John Nicholson, manager of the Durham branch of Dowen estate agents, said: “Concerns about the number 13 do come up.

“We’ve had some occasions of people re-naming their house from 13. High Street, in High Shincliffe, has a 12A, not 13, so it is a factor. But then I’ve just sold a property in Langley Moor which is 13 North Brancepeth Close.

“People with the choice don’t go for 13, so leaving out 13 is already quite common on new-build estates. I think overall it bothers more people than it doesn’t. We don’t come across 13 frequently, but when we do we always get comments.”

The guidelines are contained in the council’s new Street Naming and Numbering Policy, which was agreed by councillors meeting at Durham Town Hall yesterday.

The council has a legal duty for naming and numbering streets across the county – a task previously carried out by the now-defunct district councils.

Its new policy also encourages street names which reflect the local, geographic or historic significance of an area.

Naming streets after living people will be banned.

Councillor Bob Young, the council’s cabinet member for strategic environment, said the policy would ensure new street names and numbers were allocated logically so addresses were clear and unambiguous.

This would help postal workers deliver mail efficiently and emergency services find properties quickly, he added.

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12:16pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Ahoy Tiny Crisp says...

I thought this was decided 11 years ago..I bought new off plan and we don't have a 13 on our Close?
I thought this was decided 11 years ago..I bought new off plan and we don't have a 13 on our Close? Ahoy Tiny Crisp
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3:20pm Thu 8 Mar 12

George BA says...

God knows how much this 'policy' cost to be investigated and implemented?
What next, banning ladders, witch hunting, cancelling council services on Friday 13th.
Surely the Council have more important things to consider.
I am going to ask how much this 'policy' has cost us under the FOI act.
God knows how much this 'policy' cost to be investigated and implemented? What next, banning ladders, witch hunting, cancelling council services on Friday 13th. Surely the Council have more important things to consider. I am going to ask how much this 'policy' has cost us under the FOI act. George BA
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4:11pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Blankface says...

The selling of mirrors should also be banned. Complete load of crap.
The selling of mirrors should also be banned. Complete load of crap. Blankface
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4:36pm Thu 8 Mar 12

George BA says...

It seems the Council have not taken into consideration peoples Human Rights,

Roman Catholicism
The apparitions of the Virgin of Fátima in 1917 were claimed to occur on the 13th of six consecutive months.
In Catholic devotional practice, the number thirteen is also associated with Saint Anthony of Padua, since his feast day falls on June 13. A traditional devotion called the Thirteen Tuesdays of St. Anthony involves praying to the saint every Tuesday over a period of thirteen weeks.
Another devotion, St. Anthony's Chaplet, consists of thirteen decades of three beads each.

Sikhism
According to famous Sakhi (Evidence) or story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, when he was an accountant at a town of Sultanpur Lodhi, he was distributing grocery to people and when he gave groceries to the 13th person he stopped there because in Gurmukhi and Hindi the word 13 is called Terah, which means yours. And Guru Nanak Dev Ji kept on saying, "Yours, yours, yours..." remembering God.
People reported to the emperor that Guru Nanak Dev Ji was giving out free food to the people. When treasures were checked, there was more money than before.

The Vaisakhi which commemorates the creation of "Khalsa" or pure Sikh was celebrated on April 13 for many years.

Judaism
In Judaism, 13 signifies the age at which a boy matures and becomes a Bar Mitzvah i.e. a full member of the Jewish faith(is qualified to be count as a member of Minyan).
The number of principles of Jewish faith according to Maimonides.

According to Rabbinic commentary on the Torah, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy.
The number of circles, or "nodes", that make up Metatron's Cube in Kaballistic teachings.

In Mesoamerican divination, 13 is the number of important cycles of fortune/misfortune

13 is the age that adepts usually start to learn Witchcraft.

Traditionally, there are 13 witches in a coven.

Lucky and unlucky

Unlucky 13
Main article: Triskaidekaphobia
The number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in some countries.
The end of the Mayan calendar's 13th Baktun is superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon.

Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, Triskaidekaphobia, a word which was coined in 1911. The superstitious sufferers of triskaidekaphobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labelled thirteen. As a result, companies and manufacturers use another way of numbering or labeling to avoid the number, with hotels and tall buildings being conspicuous examples

It's also considered to be unlucky to have thirteen guests at a table. Friday the 13th has been considered the unluckiest day of the month.

There are a number of theories behind the cause of the association between thirteen and bad luck, but none of them have been accepted as likely.

The number 13, especially Friday the 13th, has long been considered lucky in Judaism, and some think that the general population's fear of 13 stems from anti-semitism.

The Hangman's Noose
13 turns make a traditional hangman's noose. Anything less would not snap a neck.

The Last Supper
At Jesus Christ's last supper, there were thirteen people around the table, counting Christ and the twelve apostles.

Knights Templar
On Friday the October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar.

Full moons
A year which contained 13 full moons instead of 12 posed problems for the monks who were in charge of the calendars.

"This was considered a very unfortunate circumstance, especially by the monks who had charge of the calendar of thirteen months for that year, and it upset the regular arrangement of church festivals. For this reason thirteen came to be considered an unlucky number."

However, in a typical century, there will be about 37 years which have 13 full moons compared with 63 years with 12 full moons, and typically every third or fourth year would have 13 full moons, making it a reasonably common occurrence, unlikely to tax monks any more than leap years

A repressed lunar cult
In ancient cultures, the number 13 represented femininity, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). The theory is that, as the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar, the number thirteen became anathema

I wonder if all that was in the Cabinet report...
It seems the Council have not taken into consideration peoples Human Rights, Roman Catholicism The apparitions of the Virgin of Fátima in 1917 were claimed to occur on the 13th of six consecutive months. In Catholic devotional practice, the number thirteen is also associated with Saint Anthony of Padua, since his feast day falls on June 13. A traditional devotion called the Thirteen Tuesdays of St. Anthony involves praying to the saint every Tuesday over a period of thirteen weeks. Another devotion, St. Anthony's Chaplet, consists of thirteen decades of three beads each. Sikhism According to famous Sakhi (Evidence) or story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, when he was an accountant at a town of Sultanpur Lodhi, he was distributing grocery to people and when he gave groceries to the 13th person he stopped there because in Gurmukhi and Hindi the word 13 is called Terah, which means yours. And Guru Nanak Dev Ji kept on saying, "Yours, yours, yours..." remembering God. People reported to the emperor that Guru Nanak Dev Ji was giving out free food to the people. When treasures were checked, there was more money than before. The Vaisakhi which commemorates the creation of "Khalsa" or pure Sikh was celebrated on April 13 for many years. Judaism In Judaism, 13 signifies the age at which a boy matures and becomes a Bar Mitzvah i.e. a full member of the Jewish faith(is qualified to be count as a member of Minyan). The number of principles of Jewish faith according to Maimonides. According to Rabbinic commentary on the Torah, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy. The number of circles, or "nodes", that make up Metatron's Cube in Kaballistic teachings. In Mesoamerican divination, 13 is the number of important cycles of fortune/misfortune 13 is the age that adepts usually start to learn Witchcraft. Traditionally, there are 13 witches in a coven. Lucky and unlucky Unlucky 13 Main article: Triskaidekaphobia The number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in some countries. The end of the Mayan calendar's 13th Baktun is superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon. Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, Triskaidekaphobia, a word which was coined in 1911. The superstitious sufferers of triskaidekaphobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labelled thirteen. As a result, companies and manufacturers use another way of numbering or labeling to avoid the number, with hotels and tall buildings being conspicuous examples It's also considered to be unlucky to have thirteen guests at a table. Friday the 13th has been considered the unluckiest day of the month. There are a number of theories behind the cause of the association between thirteen and bad luck, but none of them have been accepted as likely. The number 13, especially Friday the 13th, has long been considered lucky in Judaism, and some think that the general population's fear of 13 stems from anti-semitism. The Hangman's Noose 13 turns make a traditional hangman's noose. Anything less would not snap a neck. The Last Supper At Jesus Christ's last supper, there were thirteen people around the table, counting Christ and the twelve apostles. Knights Templar On Friday the October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar. Full moons A year which contained 13 full moons instead of 12 posed problems for the monks who were in charge of the calendars. "This was considered a very unfortunate circumstance, especially by the monks who had charge of the calendar of thirteen months for that year, and it upset the regular arrangement of church festivals. For this reason thirteen came to be considered an unlucky number." However, in a typical century, there will be about 37 years which have 13 full moons compared with 63 years with 12 full moons, and typically every third or fourth year would have 13 full moons, making it a reasonably common occurrence, unlikely to tax monks any more than leap years A repressed lunar cult In ancient cultures, the number 13 represented femininity, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). The theory is that, as the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar, the number thirteen became anathema I wonder if all that was in the Cabinet report... George BA
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5:13pm Tue 13 Mar 12

fixthecouncil says...

super council again...what a bunch of idiots who decided this...why don-t they have decisions on more important matters...waste of tax payers money again...plus bet they all got their attendance allowance and free food and drinks....
super council again...what a bunch of idiots who decided this...why don-t they have decisions on more important matters...waste of tax payers money again...plus bet they all got their attendance allowance and free food and drinks.... fixthecouncil
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