Last night Watford Council debated whether to change street names in the town to reflect our forward thinking and outward looking residents.
Leggatts Ward councillor Asif Khan proposed a motion to Watford Borough Council for roads to be renamed that “are named after people who were involved in the slave trade, colonisation and oppression”. These roads included Rhodes Way, Clive Way, Colonial Way and Imperial Way.
Cllr Khan said that street names including any subsequent buildings and monuments should “reflect our town’s rich, deep cultural history rather than any negative connotations. Watford has been enriched by its ethnic minority citizens that have come from across the globe or born in UK. The likes of Luther Blissett, Anthony Joshua, John Barnes are just some, who have made contributions to our town, but there are many more.”
The motion was proposed as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, which Cllr Khan says has “rightly focused on the serious concerns of symbols of oppression and slavery”. Several Labour councillors including Cllr Khan attended the peaceful demonstration across Watford that took place.
This motion was passed unanimously by Watford Council and a task force will be set up where councillors will work with the Royal Mail to make this transition as successful as possible.