Bell End Residents Win Fight To Save Street Name
There's good news for Bell End supporters (no, not that kind), as it's been announced there are no plans to change the street's name.
Some residents of Bell End in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, said the street name left them open to ridicule and that it was even responsible for knocking £60,000 off house prices, so they set up a petition to get the name changed.
Now, while you or I might not fancy living in a street with such an unusual name, other local residents were furious at the idea of their beloved Bell End having to change its name and decided to set up a counter petition.
This initiative absolutely obliterated the original one as it was signed by almost 5,000 people, compared to just 207 for the other one.
Following this, a representative from Sandwell Council, where Bell End is located, has said the name will not be changed.
Linda George, who set up the 'Leave the historic name of Bell End alone' petition, said: "Bell End is just a modern interpretation of a historic street.
"We understand it's somebody who is fairly new to the road who started the petition and as soon as he moved in put notes through doors.
"Everyone's attitude was, 'Why did you move here, you knew what it was called?'
"The council suddenly got in touch with me yesterday or the day before, someone has obviously contacted them and they said there's no plan to change it.
"We're pleased, it's a victory for common sense, there are far worse names out there. I have family from Bell End, I have cousins who live there.
Independent Councillor Barbara Price, who represents the Rowley ward for Sandwell Council, said: "It's been there for a number of years, you can't change it.
"I'm glad that the petition is in favour of Bell End because I think everybody feels the same way, but you have to give people the chance. People have spoken and we totally agree to keep it as Bell End. It's silly to change it after all these years.
"It's very expensive, people would have to change all their addresses, it's a big job for the Royal Mail - you can't do these things lightly without consultation.
"It's a win-win situation all the way round."
Labour Councillor Chris Tranter, who also represents the Rowley ward, added "Of course it's been saved - nobody wants it changed.
"I have lived here for 40 years and I was born in the house next door.
"You get the odd giggle on the phone, it is quite amusing really."
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