Council chiefs set to ignore local government advice and name 16 roads after fallen war heroes
PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 19 July 2017
Town halls have been urged to avoid naming streets after people because they might one day be linked to inappropriate activities
Key roads within the Ebbsfleet Garden City development are set to be named after local war heroes.
Dartford Borough Council chiefs will next week look to approve 16 new roads names at Eastern Quarry and the Northfleet West Substation in memory of servicemen who fell during the First World War.
Bosses say there is little history left on the sites, and such a move would tie in well with the upcoming centenary of the end of the conflict.
The proposed names - Croucher, Danzey, Day, Embleton, Eyres, Farmer, Freeman, Giles, Hoadley, Humble, Mason, Outred, Ovens, Raven, Simmons and Tickner - were all from the same regiment and are listed on
memorials within the wards the developments fall under.
The proposal comes just months after local government chiefs issued advice to councils not to name streets after people because they might one day be linked to inappropriate activities.
Bosses in Leeds were left red-faced and with a large bill to pay after having to replace signs named after Jimmy Savile, who was notoriously outed as a paedophile after his death in 2011.
Dartford leader Jeremy Kite told us earlier this year, however, that his authority would continue to honour local heroes they felt were deserving of such recognition.
“It’s a load of nonsense, and part of this tendency to suck the goodwill and spirit out of anything that makes a community,” he said.
“Councils should be trusted over re-naming roads after local people, and they are then accountable for those decisions.
“But we would not fall into the trap of naming a street after somebody who won Big Brother or the X Factor, we do it for people who have made a lasting and significant contribution.
“This is just another example of terrible blandness that is starting to creep in.”
However, a council report notes that it is open to the developer to object in the Magistrates’ Court to a street naming.
If the developer’s suggested names are in accord with council policy, it is likely the court will rule in favour of the developer.