William Eichler 26 October 2022

Decision to name Bristol street after cigarette brand under review

Decision to name Bristol street after cigarette brand under review image
Image: John Corry / Shutterstock.com.

The Mayor of Bristol is currently reviewing a controversial decision to name a street after a cigarette brand after an anti-smoking charity criticised the plan.

The street runs through a site that sits on a former Imperial Group tobacco factory in Bishopsworth, south Bristol.

The name Navy Cut Road was chosen to celebrate what Bristol City Council Conservative Cllr Richard Eddy called the city’s ‘“gritty” industrial history’.

However, Mayor Marvin Rees is reviewing the decision after the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said that Bristol’s link with the tobacco industry should be a matter of ‘shame, not pride, for the city.’

‘Once the Mayor’s office has reviewed the decision to name a street after a cigarette brand I cannot believe that the decision will be allowed to stand,’ said ASH chief executive Deborah Arnott.

‘Smoking killed 100 million people worldwide in the twentieth century, and on current trends it could kill one billion people this century, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.’

Ms Arnott also highlighted the close connection between tobacco and slavery.

‘The tobacco that helped Bristol grow prosperous was produced by slave Labour, and once slavery ended by share croppers whose working conditions were not much better. Bristol’s link with the tobacco industry should be a matter of shame, not pride, for the city,’ she said.

Cllr Eddy argued that the furore was the result of a tyrannical mayor and ‘politically-correct lobby-groups’.

‘Sadly, this saga more reflects the disproportionate and tyrannical status of the Bristol Mayor – something Bristolians overwhelmingly voted to do without at the end of his term-of-office – than any invented and bogus argument about the health properties of cigarette-smoking,’ he said.

‘The fact remains that the proposed housing development is on the site of a former tobacco factory – a manufacturing sector which once gave employment to tens of thousands of Bristolians and hugely added to our wealth as a city.

‘I believe this “gritty” industrial history deserves marking – something endorsed by the council’s street-naming team – which came up with the idea, and Curo Homes, the developer.’

He added: ‘Bristol Mayor Rees seems more determined to give certain ‘politically-correct’ lobby-groups the oxygen of publicity than to listen to the genuine views of local communities.’

The Mayor’s Office said they had no further comment while the decision was being reviewed.

The Carer’s Allowance scandal image

The Carer’s Allowance scandal

Government has a choice, says Kirsty McHugh of Carers Trust: continue to rely on the unpaid labour of millions or take action to give a fairer deal to carers.
The new Centre for Young Lives image

The new Centre for Young Lives

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Benefits Officer

Wealden District Council
£24,409 - £32,858 p.a (dependant on experience and development milestones)
We are looking for an experienced Benefits Officer to join our team. Hailsham, East Sussex
Recuriter: Wealden District Council

Practitioner - Our Greenwich Schools Support Hubs

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£42,840 - £46,041
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is an exciting and fulfilling place to work. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Chargehand Driver HGV x6

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£36,100 - £37,384
Street Services provides a highly important service to all the borough’s residents and visitors Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

GDA Payments Apprentice

Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Payments Services Team is in the Directorate of Finance & Legal Services Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Library & Neighbourhood Hubs Representative

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£23,893 pro rata (Pay award pending)
We are currently seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual with a passion for delivering the very best customer service. Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.