Bell End Residents Demand Name Of Rowley Regis Street Is Changed

Bad news, mate, looks like you're not going to have a street named after you for much longer.

As part of a social media campaign, residents of Bell End are demanding Sandwell Council rename their street Bell Road, as the people living on the road have become a 'laughing stock'.

People travel to the area to get snapped with the road sign... but it's not all fun, games and banter. The name has had an impact on property prices: a semi-detached house in Bell End was worth £126,409 ($171,000), which is £60,000 ($81,000) cheaper than a similar house in nearby Uplands Avenue. Sad face emoji.

A petition on states: "As you may be aware, the term Bell End can be seen and used as a rude and/or a offensive word.

"As well as this, it can affect people and children 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.

"We want the local Sandwell Council to acknowledge our name change request to a new road name and at the very least to a similar name."

Local councillor Barbara Price said she could understand residents' concerns and plans to meet with council bosses to discuss Bell End.

"If some people find the name offensive and children are being teased about where they live then there is obviously an issue," she said.

"I will be consulting with residents and speaking to the cabinet member in question to see if anything can be done."

But not everyone agrees with the demanded change - councillor Chris Tranter told the Daily Mail that the name should stay as it is.

"I was born here and lived here for 40 years and it doesn't bother me. You get the odd giggle on the phone, it is quite amusing really."

If they don't manage to get the name changed, campaigners can at least take solace in the fact they're not the only Brits living on a road with a rude name. Along with Bell End, there's also a Minge Lane, Slag Lane and Fanny Hands Lane.

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Mischa Pearlman

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