Streets will not be named after people in case they later grow to be controversial, a council has introduced.
Senior councillors in Denbighshire in Wales agreed the coverage final week which will even imply that road names in that a part of the nation should be in Welsh.
Councillor Richard Mainon, who’s accountable for company providers, stated that the coverage will keep away from the necessity to go to appreciable efforts to alter the title of a road whether it is not thought of acceptable, though this was not the principle consideration behind the coverage.
He advised the assembly of the council: “As occasions change these names do not stand the take a look at of time and there is a number of work wanted to alter them.”
He stated: “It was a coverage evaluation that took place at a time when there was nationwide media consideration on the inappropriateness of some place names. Nevertheless it wasn’t the principle consideration of the evaluation.”
The principle motive for the evaluation, he stated, was to keep away from inserting the “burden” on council officers of getting to find out whether or not somebody was worthy of getting a road named after them.
A number of households of fallen members of the armed forces had made requests up to now yr, he stated, which means the council was left having to make a really tough judgement name.
Exceptions may very well be made for individuals who had made a “as soon as in a technology” contribution or really excelled, reminiscent of Sir Captain Tom Moore’s efforts to fundraise for the NHS.
He stated this was one thing the native armed forces have been in assist of. “That isn’t why they serve,” he added. “We stated it ought to actually solely be a consideration the place somebody has completed one thing worthy of the very best army honours.”
The UKTN quoted senior council officer Emma Jones on the assembly: “It is the road naming officer who bears the burden of whether or not an individual is worthy of getting a road named after them.
“It is a heavy burden and we have to take away the normalisation of naming streets after people.”
Mr Mainon added: “If one thing of nationwide significance occurs like Sir Tom Moore, that is extraordinary.
“The very fact it solely occurs as soon as in a technology makes it particular. “
For the reason that Black Lives Issues protests final yr, many areas have reviewed road names and statues over their depictions of individuals linked to the slave commerce.