I received a letter from Haringey Council this morning stating that they were consulting on renaming Albert Road Recreation Ground to the O. R. Tambo Recreation Ground.
The letter doesn’t explain what is wrong with the current name. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the current name or the proposed new name - both seem fine (I note that there is already a nice statue of Oliver Tambo at the entrance to the ground). However, I can’t help but think that this naval gazing is an expensive distraction from more meaningful work that could be undertaken by the council.
At a time when social services are having their budgets cut and more people than ever are using food banks, is it right that the council spends time and money (both in terms of employee costs and any subsequent costs resulting from changes to maps and signage) on changing the name of a piece of grass? Councils are renown for undertaking projects which waste public funds - there is already another thread discussing the dangerous changes that have been made to the layout of Wightman Road. And this seems like yet another example.
As far back as forty years ago (or so - 1981) John Sullivan located Del Boy's flat in 'Only Fools and Horses' in 'Nelson Mandela House'...
It was a kind of piss take on the Red Ken's administration wasn't it? Gosh, that was a long time ago!
Yes to both points!
The link for the consultation is here https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160223756331