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‘Offensive’ road could be renamed!

Residents in a Devon village are facing calls to change the name of a road after complaints made by two visitors.

Lifton Parish Council has written to residents about the complaints made about the road called ’Darkey Lane’ and have asked if they want to change it.

If residents choose to rename the road, it would be the responsibility of West Devon Borough Council which would then do their own consultation if a desire for change was expressed according to DevonLive reports.

The letter sent to residents on January 7 said: “I have been asked to write to you on behalf of Lifton Parish Council following receipt of a complaint about the street name ‘Darkey Lane’ made by two visitors to the village.

“The visitors were shocked and extremely upset having been confronted with a road name like this. Councillors took the decision at a parish council meeting on November 25, 2021, to undertake a public consultation with you in early January 2022, to find out if you would like to keep or change the existing road name.”

It went on to explain that to rename the road, two-thirds of households on Darkey Lane would have to be in agreement.

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