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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

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:

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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No need to change our lane i think. Its not racist atall

If uncle joe wants it he needs proper consulting that prooves most peopl on the road agree first and most peopl in haringey to

Proper prosess first 

Fools idea

Not sure why the Windsors were so nervous about how young Archie Sussex might turn out. He could have a Tottenham Lane named after him a few years from now. Uncle Joe, please note.

Just to reassure us, OAE, have you booked your post-Covid trip to Oprah's back garden for your tell-all interview?

No, Alan. Her Maj has forbidden it. She says, 'You lot already have a Hewitt Road on the Ladder. You'll be calling it Ginger Lad Alley next.' 

I was thinking exactly that last night.

I heard that some people have set up a crowd funder to give Harry and Meghan a long weekend at the Ritz in Paris with a complimentary driver. 

Right. We've had the light-hearted jokey interlude.

It's time for the heavy tread of number and data crunching. This coming Wednesday, 17th March, 2021, at 7.00 pm the Council's Corporate Committee will receive a 79 page report.
Item 7 is "Renaming of Black Boy Lane to La Rose Lane".
(Which might have helpfully had the two words "Statutory Consultation" added in the heading.)

The public reports pack for the Corporate Committee is downloadable from the Council's website here.

There are other interesting topics in the pack. Including an item on the Council's Internal Audit. Many people may not be aware of this function. But as we've seen from press reports on Croydon, it's a vital - if unsung - part of the work of local councils.

I always feared this is how Haringey actually worked.

Lack of purpose, competence or any commitment to democracy.

Not Haringey, Stav. Just the current petty autocrat and his cronies.

You've been saying that for decades. It's Haringey.

John, I confess. You're right.

I won't deny it because I'm guessing that you've seen the remastered documentary of Quatermass and the Pit.

Noting that the previously well-kept secret is out. River Park House - the Council HQ - is built over the site where those events actually occurred.



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