Imperial Way and Rhodes Way are among Watford street names that could be changed as response to BLM

Residents may be able to vote on changing street names with colonial and imperial links in a new rule set for approval by Watford Borough Council.

The new policy proposes that locals should be allowed to rename roads with links to the British Empire or the slave trade if two-thirds of residents approve the change.

Places such as Imperial Way, Rhodes Way, Clive Way and Colonial Way were brought up, as the council decided to consider the change following the July 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

British imperialist Cecil Rhodes. As well as having a Watford street named after him, Rhodes also has a statue in an Oxford University college

The issue was brought up by Labour councillor Asif Khan in the summer of 2020.

In a statement issued by Watford Labour at the time, Cllr Khan said street and building names should reflect the town’s ‘rich, deep cultural history rather than any negative connotations’.

He added: ‘Watford has been enriched by its ethnic minority citizens that have…

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