Sunday 23 September 2018

Residents of Bell End call for change to 'embarrassing' street name: 'It's now become a laughing stock'

Residents say the name could be misconstrued as offensive. Photo: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire
Residents say the name could be misconstrued as offensive. Photo: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

A petition has been launched to change the name of a street after residents described it as "offensive".

People living in Bell End in Rowley Regis, Sandwell, West Midlands, have complained it is one of the rudest street names in England.

The petition has so far attracted 12 signatures after claims that young residents would be bullied at school.

Residents have now called on Sandwell Council to change the name of the street because they have become a "laughing stock".

The road was ranked fourth on a list of the top 15 most rude-sounding street names in the UK in 2014.

The petition page on change.org reads: "As you may be aware, the term 'Bell End' can be seen and used as a rude and/or a offensive word.

"It can affect people including children being bullied and teased at school and generally now become a laughing stock, as seen very recently on Facebook and other social media sites, and it's time for a change."

Stephen Young, 72, of Minge Lane in Worcester, which was also voted one of the rudest-sounding street names, believed the reaction of Bell End residents to be over the top.

He said: "There has been no plan to change the name of our road.

"We have had a problem with people nicking the sign but nobody is that fussed about the name.

"There are no plans to start a petition, people are happy with the name of the road."

Speaking about the plans of residents from Bell End, Mr Young said: "It's a bit silly really. It is a bit over the top."

On the 2014 list, Minge Lane beat Slag Lane to be crowned the rudest street name in the UK - with Fanny Hands Lane in Ludford, Lincolnshire, completing the top three.

Fourth place was given to Bell End, and Crotch Crescent in Marston, Oxfordshire, came fifth, with The Knob, Turkey Cock Lane, Cockshoot Close, Cumming Street and Cock A-Dobby rounding off the top 10.

Cock Lane, Clitterhouse Road, Cock and Bell Lane, Beaver Close and Cold Blow Lane were ranked 11 to 15 respectively.

Councillor David Hosell, cabinet member for highways and environment for Sandwell Council, said: "Obviously if this is an issue that residents do feel strongly about, I would ask them to forward their petition to the council and we can look at their request in more detail."

Press Association

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