A historic road in the West Midlands will not be getting a name change, despite causing embarrassment to some locals.
Bell End in Rowley Regis will be keeping its controversial name after a petition to change it attracted nearly 5,000 signatures.
The petition was set up to counter a separate one that was set up to demand the street be renamed because locals felt they had become a ‘laughing stock’.
It claimed that children were being bullied and teased at school when pupils found out the name of the street where they lived.
However, that petition only pulled in around 100 signatures when it was set up in January and Sandwell Council have now confirmed Bell End will remain as it is.
A council spokesman told Birmingham Live: ‘We have not received any petitions, either for or against a name change, at this stage.’
MOST POPULAR TODAY ON YAHOO
- Japanese man, 112, is named the world’s oldest man – and celebrates with cake
- Millionaire, 94, leaves nothing in his will to his partner of 42 years – but judge overturns it
- Stonehenge pillars were already in place before humans arrived, expert claims
- Air traffic controllers warn of missiles in the sky as US and allies consider Syrian airstrikes
- New poll reveals the big reason belief in the flat Earth is booming
Linda George, who set up the ‘Leave the Historic Name of Bell End Alone!’ petition, added: ‘The petition to have the name changed didn’t have enough support.
‘There has been no further action after my petition had so much support.’
Some people find the road name Bell End offensive – but others say it’s historic and refers to the area’s mining past. pic.twitter.com/rGJSW2JOl7
— Sandwell Council (@sandwellcouncil) January 3, 2018
Ms George said that the name of the street dates back to the bell on a hunting lodge, belonging to King John.
A 2014 list of the rudest street names in Britain placed Bell End in fourth place.
Topping the list was Minge Lane, followed by Slag Lane and Fanny Hands in Ludford, Lincolnshire.