‘Rude’ street Bell End will not have name changed

Bell End in Rowley Regis, Sandwell, was ranked fourth in the UK in a list of the top 15 rudest-sounding street names released in 2014.

One hundred people signed a petition earlier this year in a bid to change the name which they said could be “seen and used as a rude and/or an offensive word”.

Suggesting the name Bells Road as one alternative, the petition claimed younger residents could be bullied at school and were being made a “laughing stock”.

However a rival-campaign titled “Leave the Historic Name of Bell End Alone!” has now attracted over 4,800 signatures from people keen to keep the name alive.

The counter-petition calls the proposed name-change “pointless” and “deeply offensive”.

The latest petition page says: “If children are being bullied because of the name of their road, the problem is the bullying children, who need educating. Changing a road name will not stop their behaviour.”

A Sandwell Council spokesman confirmed that Bell End would not be changing and said: “We have not received any petitions, either for or against a name change, at this stage.”

The 2014 list of rude-sounding place names was topped by Minge Lane, also included Slag Lane in Lowton, Lancashire, and Fanny Hands Lane in Ludford, Lincolnshire.

Crotch Crescent, The Knob and Cockshoot Close were also in the top 10.

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