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Campaign launched to rename Blackburn street
A RESIDENT has launched a campaign to change the name on a street sign he says has left the community ‘baffled.’ Stephen Smith, 61, of Moorland Avenue, Blackburn, wants ‘Eugene Van As Drive’ to be given its original name that honoured one of the town’s most famous paper mills.
The name of the private road, which stretches down to the site of the former Star Paper Mill in Feniscowles, was changed by takeover owners SAPPI. They closed the site in 2008.
It honours a former chief executive of the company who headed the firm for 12 years until 2003, but he did not have close links to the town.
It had originally been known as Star Drive, the name still branded on a nearby bus stop.
Mr Smith has asked for supporters to sign a petition to be launched next week.
He will need to gain 50 signatures to take it to the council where two rounds of consultations will take place to assess the impact of a name change on the community.
He said: “It’s just left myself and lots of people I have talked to baffled and it just seems silly to keep calling it that when SAPPI don’t even operate here anymore.
“I want to see the name Star Drive re-instated because it means a lot more to the Blackburn people.”
Livesey and Pleasington councillor John Pearson, whose ward includes Feniscowles, said: “Star Drive would ring a lot more bells with residents than the name of a CEO of a multinational company and it will be a nod to the area’s heritage.”
Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration, said: “Should we receive a petition, a formal process will begin.”
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