Following my consideration on the origins of West Green's Black Boy name back in the summer, Haringey Council has decided to rename Black Boy Lane in West Green.
The Council have called the exercise a 'renaming consultation', but the online questionnaire offers only the ability to choose from a shortlist of two new names. So it appears that the decision to rename has already been taken with only the choice of name left to be decided.
They have issued the following press release.
The council has launched a renaming consultation with residents and businesses located on Black Boy Lane, as part of the wider Review on Monuments, Buildings, Place and Street Names in Haringey – which was launched on 12 June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The council believes that the names of our monuments, buildings, places and streets must reflect the values and diversity that we are so proud of in the borough. One of the street names that has been identified as not being reflective of this is Black Boy Lane.
Meanings change over time, and the term “Black Boy” is now most commonly used as a derogatory name for African heritage men.
As part of the consultation, the council is asking residents to consider new alternative names that celebrate some of the borough’s most notable influencers, and truly reflect the borough’s rich heritage.
The two names that have been shortlisted for residents to consider are, ‘Jocelyn Barrow Lane’ and ‘La Rose Lane’. The consultation will launch today, Monday 28 September and will run for a period of 4 weeks to Monday 26 October 2020.
Letters will be arriving on Black Boy Lane residents' doorsteps this week, who can respond to the consultation using one of the following methods:
- Online: www.haringey.gov.uk/renaming-black-boy-lane.
- Telephone: 020 8489 3797
- By post: Consultation Co-ordinator, The Communications Team, River Park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 8HQ
If Haringey residents have concerns or queries about place, street or building names in the borough, please get in touch. Send your views to Leader@haringey.gov.uk.
Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow (15 April 1929 – 9 April 2020) was a Barbadian/Trinidadian British educator, community activist and politician, who was the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first Black woman to be a governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.
John La Rose was a publisher, poet and essayist. He founded the Caribbean Artists’ Movement and publishing company New Beacon Books which has a bookshop in Stroud Green. In 1975, he co-founded the Black Parents Movement from the core of the parents involved in the George Padmore Supplementary School incident in which a young Black schoolboy was beaten up by the police outside his school in Haringey.
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Agreed and that's why we must keep the pressure on.
This thread is becoming less about the proposal to change the name of Black Boy Lane and more about not liking the current administration. Fair enough if that’s your view but one seems to be clouding the other.
Michael, the name-changing proposals are tangled-up with Joe Ejiofor's attempt to hang onto power in Haringey.
Not least shown by the incompetent way that not only this renaming, but many other issues have been handled. If there's such a thing as an anti-Midas Touch" Joe and his "cabinet" has it.
That’s your opinion Alan, but not mine
Private Eye not doing their job well enough yet.
No idea - it’s not something I read very often
You should, I think. I always find Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs section interesting.
The current issue has a titbit about Haringey's axed director of regeneration (someone behind the Haringey Development Vehicle) receiving, it says, "a £340,000 redundancy package, including £250,000 in her pension, after four years in service".
It's a reasonable guess
There's a report on this mess.
And if I am right
As day follows night
Then we can be certain
It's behind a closed curtain.
Michael yes it's about the way this administration and this current Leader not respecting democracy and pushing his agenda. It's about giving the whole of haringey their democratic right to choose. Is it about liking this administration rather than BBL? No as they are both linked
It’s about renaming a street that I doubt many outside of the local area have even heard of. Frankly I’m not arsed either way. Framing it is as an attack on democracy is rather extreme don’t you think? As for pushing agenda, there’s a fair bit of this on this thread.
Suppose this discussion thread had begun with a different question? How should a town, city, or a borough effectively mark and celebrate the work, and achievements of outstanding people connected with the place and its history? With an aim of including its varied communities.
Perhaps by looking at how this challenge has been met by other people and places?