In possibly the most local news ever, residents from a street in the Black Country are petitioning to change the name of their road because it’s too ‘rude’.
They’ve become a local ‘laughing stock’ in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, and they just can’t deal with living on a street called ‘Bell End’.
It’s apparently an infamous street, according to the Express and Star, providing a good chuckle for those with a certain sense of humour.
Yet all this could be about to change, thanks to an anonymous campaigner who says residents of the street have become ‘Bell Enders’.
A statement on the change.org petition says:
As you may be aware, the term Bell End can be seen and used as a rude and/or offensive word.
As well as this, it can affect people and children including children being bullied and teased at school and generally now become a laughing stock as seen very recently on Facebook and other social media sites and it’s time for a change.
Further to this, it’s one of the rudest road names in England! Feel free to Google and the results will confirm this.
We want the local Sandwell Council to acknowledge our name change request to a new road name and at the very least to a similar name.
Bell End, which leads on to Mincing Lane, is well known in the local community and further afield – people even travel from outside the area to have their picture taken next to the sign.
Local councillor Barbara Price said she understood the concerns of the residents and has vowed to have a discussion with council bosses about the name of the street, saying:
If some people find the name offensive and children are being teased about where they live then there is obviously an issue.
I will be consulting with residents and speaking to the cabinet member in question to see if anything can be done.
However, not everyone is convinced the name should be changed, including Bell End resident and councillor, Chris Tranter.
— Kerry Gaffney (@KerryMG) February 22, 2017
I was born here and lived here for 40 years and it doesn’t bother me. You get the odd giggle on the phone, it’s quite amusing really.
The local residents aren’t the only people who think the street is a little bit on the risqué side, as just three years ago the road was placed fourth on a list of top 15 rude sounding street names.
Among the top 15 were Minge Lane, Slag Lane, and Fanny Hands Lane.
Just passing through Bell End Rowley Regis. Juvenile mirth ensues!
— Richard Hoy (@hoy6hoy) August 17, 2015
It’s also been found how the real estate value of a semi-detached house on Bell End is worth £60,000 less than a similar house on a nearby street without the questionable name.
This has caused enough upset for a total of 13 people to sign the petition at the time of writing.