Renaming Black Boy Lane
The Black Boy Lane consultation on two alternative street names has now closed. Thank you for all your responses.
We have now analysed the responses received from all residents regarding the renaming of Black Boy Lane. Please see the latest report that is on the agenda for Corporate Committee on 3 December 2020.
What we consulted on
This consultation was aimed at choosing one of the two names proposed below as an alternative to the current name - Black Boy Lane. The formal consultation on whether to adopt the preferred choice will follow at a later date.
Due to the local nature of the consultation, only residents, businesses and organisations of Black Boy Lane were able to participate. The two names considered were ‘Jocelyn Barrow Lane' and 'La Rose Lane'.
Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow
- 15 April 1929-9 April 2020
Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow was a Barbadian/Trinidadian British educator, community activist and politician, who was the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd.
She was the first Black woman to be a governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.
John La Rose
- 27 December 1927-28 February 2006
John La Rose was a publisher, poet and essayist. He founded the Caribbean Artists’ Movement and publishing company New Beacon Books which has a bookshop in Stroud Green.
In 1975, he co-founded the Black Parents Movement from the core of the parents involved in the George Padmore Supplementary School incident, in which a young Black schoolboy was beaten up by the police outside his school in Haringey.
Black Boy Lane is the first phase of a wider review where we will be working with our residents, communities, organisations, and local historians to understand the history of street names in the borough and to address any issues raised.
While we appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone, and responding to consultations such as this may be more challenging, we believe that now, more than ever, we should seek to send out a clear message in support of the diversity of our borough.
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