Second bid to name new street

The Chalmers Community Board will make a second attempt at naming a new street in Sawyers Bay today, after a brouhaha at the Dunedin City Council about the first suggested name being outside road naming policy.

The board had accepted the name ''Kenros Lane'' for a private way in a new development on land at Sawyers Bay belonging to Rose and the late Ken Laing.

But the name was rejected when it came before the Dunedin City Council for confirmation, because it did not comply with the council's road naming policy, which is not to name a road after a living person.

A substantial debate preceded the decision and a second attempt by Cr Andrew Noone to get the name accepted by the full council at its recent meeting, also failed.

A report the community board will consider at its meeting today said a new name selected by the developers, Kens Lane, complied with the policy.

If the community board supports the new proposed name, it will be considered by the council's infrastructure services committee, which will make its recommendation to the full council.

When contacted, Mrs Laing said she was ''not at all concerned'' about what the street was called and said if this name failed she was ''putting it in the too-hard basket'' and they could call the street what they liked. She had written to the community board to thank it for its support.

 

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