This is City Hall gone mad. Martin Mullaney, a councillor who chairs the city's transportation scrutiny committee, pointed out that-
" . . . Birmingham had been quietly phasing out apostrophes since the 1950s. However, he admitted that the new official city-wide policy would distress many residents. Yet he suggested the move was necessary in order to end time-consuming queries from local pedants once and for all.
"We are constantly getting residents asking for apostrophes to be put back in and as a council we have got to make a decision one way or another," Mr Mullaney said.
Wanting something to be correct doesn't necessarily make some one a pedant. Knowing something will distress many residents and doing nothing to stop it does make him an a***.
I don't give a rats a*** what research he has done The possessive apostrophe is correct English grammar. King's Heath is not called King's Heath because it belongs to the King , we don't have a King, but because it once did; that is the point. If he thinks otherwise he is the pedant.
If the people that pay his salary want apostrophes then who is he to say that they cant have them.