Chris Ames 07 January 2021

What’s in a (street) name? Councils get help with changing times

What’s in a (street) name? Councils get help with changing times image

GeoPlace has published guidance for local authority officers in England and Wales who are responsible for naming and renaming streets and buildings.

With many building and street names reflecting colonial values, local authorities have recently been receiving more requests about changing them in the wake of social justice movements.

GeoPlace said the guidance – ‘The law and best practice for the re-naming of streets and buildings’ – aims to ensure the complexities around changing a street or building name are fully understood and documented.

It has been produced in collaboration with ‘the Street Naming and Numbering community’ and with independent legal advice from Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Extensive legislation enables councils to produce regulations that guide the erection of signage on public streets, and to ensure names and numbers of buildings are displayed properly, driving the creation of logical and consistent addresses, GeoPlace said.

This 'is essential for efficient postal delivery and emergency services and the convenience and safety of the general public’.

‘This accessible, comprehensive guidance combines a huge range of considerations, observations, legal definitions and procedures, annexes, and references to the most useful sources. The guide takes local authorities through all of the necessary processes and will be an invaluable reference guide for SNN officers and their co-workers when they’re responding to these types of requests.’

An accessible copy of the guidance is available on the GeoPlace website.

GeoPlace LLP is a joint venture between the Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Association. It creates and maintains large spatial address and street datasets, building and developing a data infrastructure that supports address and street information users across the public and private sectors.

This article first appeared on Transport Network.

Supporting young victims of domestic abuse image

Supporting young victims of domestic abuse

Steph Waddell says it’s time for a serious long-term commitment from government to improve understanding of what works in supporting children affected by domestic abuse.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker - Supporting NQSW's

Essex County Council
£40637 - £49183 per annum + + 26 days leave & Local Gov Pension
Senior Practitioner - Supporting NQSW'sPermanent, Full Time£40,637 to £49,183 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult Board

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult BoardFixed Term, Part TimeUp to £36,057 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Manager - Learning & Early Support

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£25,481 - £27,041
You will be expected to manage a team and the workloads of Business Support Officers. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Business Support Officer - Catering

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,312 - £19,698 per annum
This job is Temporary for up to 12 months to cover operational needs. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty & Advice (37 hours)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£30,507 - £38,813
This is an exciting time to be part of this team where we are building our multi -agency team working closely with... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue