Dorset road could be renamed after holidaymakers complain it is racially offensive

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A street in Dorset could have been renamed because tourists complained that some people might find it racially offensive.

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Dorset County Council said it was approached by a concerned family vacationing at a property on Darky Lane in Ulwell, Swanage.

The family felt that the name might be offensive to some, given the UK’s colonial history.

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Officials referred the matter to Swanage City Council, who discussed it at a meeting on 4 October.

Swanage councilors voted in favor of recommending to Dorset Council that it should consider changing the name of the road from Darky Lane to Dark Lane.

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This lane shows up as Darky Lane on Google Maps and GPS systems. But historical records show that it was called the Dark Lane before the 1930s.

It appears to have been named Dark Lane because it is partially shaded by trees.

Following Swanage’s recommendation, Dorset Council is now considering several options on what to do about the name.

These include doing nothing – leaving Darky Lane as the official name and changing the name to Dark Lane to preserve the historical context, “while minimizing the potential for crime.”

Some have derided this process as “political correctness”.

Mike Whitwam, a Swanage councilor who voted against the recommendation, told Daily Echo: “I have many close black friends and the name is not prejudiced in the slightest.

“I felt the decision was made purely to satisfy political correctness, which is destroying the culture in this country.”

“It’s been called Darky Lane for many years and no one has committed a crime except this good deed who complained to the council,” he said.

It is not clear why or how the dark lane was changed to the dark lane in the 1930s.

Swanage Town Council spokesman said: “The matter was referred” [us] This was discussed following a complaint received by Dorset Council and at a meeting of the Planning and Consultative Committee held on Monday, 4 October.

“At the meeting, councilors voted in favor of recommending to Dorset Council that Darky Lane should be considered renaming Dark Lane, which would preserve the historical context while reducing the potential for crime.”

A Dorset Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that Dorset Council received a complaint over the summer from a holiday maker about the name Darky Lane in Swanage, which they found offensive.

“In response, we looked at historical records for the naming of this street (which was originally called Dark Lane because of its shaded location) and asked Swanage town councillors for their views.”

The spokesperson said: “The issue was discussed and we await a formal response from Swanage after their discussion. We are looking forward to asking residents living on this street to get their views on the naming of the street before making a final decision.” Will also consult.

Dorset County Council is deciding to rename the street to Darky Lane after receiving complaints from a holidaymaker that it could be considered racially offensive.

“A family vacationing in Swanage wrote to express their concern for finding their accommodation across the street using a name they found offensive and that they felt could easily offend others given our national history. It is possible.

“The historical context for the name is allegedly innocent, relating the lane to being ‘dark’ and ‘shaded’ – although this does not avoid the possibility of committing a crime, especially for visitors to the area who would be unaware of the context.

“Dorset Council’s Street Naming and Numbering Policy is clear that when naming new developments/streets it will not be acceptable to use a name that “is likely to cause an offense or is specifically defined by age, disability, race and Can be considered discriminatory with respect to ethnicity, belief and belief. , sexual orientation, gender and gender.

“While the policy does not account for the circumstances of this specific case, the underlying principle about naming streets is that they are inclusive given the diversity of our communities and visitor populations.”

Swanage Town Council spokesman said: “The matter was referred” [us] This was discussed following a complaint received by Dorset Council and at a meeting of the Planning and Consultative Committee held on Monday, 4 October.

“At the meeting, councilors voted in favor of recommending to Dorset Council that Darky Lane should be considered renaming Dark Lane, which would preserve the historical context while reducing the potential for crime.”

A Dorset Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that Dorset Council received a complaint over the summer from a holiday maker about the name Darky Lane in Swanage, which they found offensive.

“In response, we looked at historical records of the naming of this street (which was originally called Dark Lane because of its shaded location) and asked Swanage town councillors for their views.

“This issue was discussed and we await a formal response from Swanage after their discussion.

“We will also consult with the residents living on this road to know their views on the naming of the road before making a final decision.”

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