Gedling Borough Council to review all street names in area for links to slave trade

All street names in the borough are set to be reviewed. Credit: Google Maps

Gedling Borough Council says it will be reviewing all street names in the borough to find out whether there are any links to the slave trade.

Council leader, John Clarke, said names of streets would not be changed unless people who lived there wanted them to be and added they would ‘absolutely not’ be throwing away any of the street signs, but would consider putting up education boards to inform people, or moving them into museums.

It comes after the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was dragged into Bristol Harbour.

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the world and started a national debate about whether statues and street names with links to the slave trade should be altered or removed altogether.

Council leader, John Clarke, said:

Asked what the council would do if it was found that some street names did have links to the slave trade, councillor Clarke said:

A spokesman for Gedling Borough Council said:

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