Blackburn street closer to a name change

Stephen Smith is calling for Eugene Van As Drive to revert to its previous name of Star Drive

Stephen Smith is calling for Eugene Van As Drive to revert to its previous name of Star Drive

First published in News

A RESIDENT’S campaign to return a street back to its historic name will move a big step closer to success tonight.

Councillors on Blackburn with Darwen borough planning and highways committee are set to start the process of changing the signs on ‘Eugene Van As Drive’ back to ‘Star Drive’.

Officer have recommended the move after the council received a 72 signature petition gathered by Stephen Smith of nearby Moorland Avenue.

He said local people were baffled by the change to ‘Eugene Van As Drive’ in 2003 replacing the original name that honoured one of the town’s most famous paper mills.

The private road stretches down to the site of the former Star Paper Mill in Feniscowles, which was taken over by South African firm Sappi Fine Papers in 1990.

In 2003, the firm renamed the road in honour of chief executive of the company, who headed the firm for 12 years until 2003 and whose wife Gillian was brought up in Blackburn.

Sappi closed the site in 2008.

When he launched the petition in September, Mr Smith 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.”

There are no registered addresses on the road and the officers want to start the consultation process for the reversion of the name which required a petition of at least 50 signatures.

Livesey and Pleasington councillor Alan Cottam, whose ward includes Feniscowles, said: “I will support this change.

“It is a historic name dating from when we had Star Mill, Sun Mill, Moon Mill and Eclipse Mill all side by side.”

His Tory ward councillor colleague John Pearson said: “I think this is the right thing to do.

“Everybody knows the road as Star Drive and remembers the mill as Star Mill.

“I am sure the consultation process will back the change. It makes sense.”

Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson supports the move provided it is backed by local residents during the consultations.

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7:28pm Thu 23 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

I should think so.what a stupid name. more clown hall ---k ups.
I should think so.what a stupid name. more clown hall ---k ups. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 14

7:54pm Thu 23 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

don,t you think star drive is much easier for everyone concerned ?
don,t you think star drive is much easier for everyone concerned ? noddy57
  • Score: 16

8:00pm Thu 23 Jan 14

M.DANNY says...

Mandela Court Blackburn ? Any more stupid names ?
Queen Elizabeth Street, Calcutta ?
Victoria Street Nairobi ?
Port Elizabeth South Africa ?
Mandela Court Blackburn ? Any more stupid names ? Queen Elizabeth Street, Calcutta ? Victoria Street Nairobi ? Port Elizabeth South Africa ? M.DANNY
  • Score: -1

8:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

s_smith says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
I should think so.what a stupid name. more clown hall ---k ups.
You obviously cant read very well.

"He said local people were baffled by the change to ‘Eugene Van As Drive’ in 2003 replacing the original name that honoured one of the town’s most famous paper mills.

The private road stretches down to the site of the former Star Paper Mill in Feniscowles, which was taken over by South African firm Sappi Fine Papers in 1990.

In 2003, the firm renamed the road in honour of chief executive of the company, who headed the firm for 12 years until 2003 and whose wife Gillian was brought up in Blackburn."

Nothing to do with the Council I'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: I should think so.what a stupid name. more clown hall ---k ups.[/p][/quote]You obviously cant read very well. "He said local people were baffled by the change to ‘Eugene Van As Drive’ in 2003 replacing the original name that honoured one of the town’s most famous paper mills. The private road stretches down to the site of the former Star Paper Mill in Feniscowles, which was taken over by South African firm Sappi Fine Papers in 1990. In 2003, the firm renamed the road in honour of chief executive of the company, who headed the firm for 12 years until 2003 and whose wife Gillian was brought up in Blackburn." Nothing to do with the Council I'm afraid. s_smith
  • Score: 13

9:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

woodyads says...

Could the next street to change name be Paul Rink Way in Lower Darwen please. Which bright spark changed it from Eccleshill Road in the first place? Please change it back!
Could the next street to change name be Paul Rink Way in Lower Darwen please. Which bright spark changed it from Eccleshill Road in the first place? Please change it back! woodyads
  • Score: 14

10:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Why not try to change the name to, Nothing better To Do Busy Body Drive.
:-)
Why not try to change the name to, Nothing better To Do Busy Body Drive. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1

10:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

M.DANNY says...

woodyads wrote:
Could the next street to change name be Paul Rink Way in Lower Darwen please. Which bright spark changed it from Eccleshill Road in the first place? Please change it back!
Why not call it Venky's way to Ewood Park ?
Then it Jack Straw Drive, we have Barbara Castle Way,Mahatma Gandhi Road,as he made way to Blackburn from Darwen?
Anymore stupid names for our streets ?
[quote][p][bold]woodyads[/bold] wrote: Could the next street to change name be Paul Rink Way in Lower Darwen please. Which bright spark changed it from Eccleshill Road in the first place? Please change it back![/p][/quote]Why not call it Venky's way to Ewood Park ? Then it Jack Straw Drive, we have Barbara Castle Way,Mahatma Gandhi Road,as he made way to Blackburn from Darwen? Anymore stupid names for our streets ? M.DANNY
  • Score: -1

8:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

A Darener says...

How about...Wayout Drive, Wayout Road, Wayout Avenue, Wayout Way etc. That will do for Preston New Rd, Bolton Rd, Eanam etc.
How about...Wayout Drive, Wayout Road, Wayout Avenue, Wayout Way etc. That will do for Preston New Rd, Bolton Rd, Eanam etc. A Darener
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Fri 24 Jan 14

woolybully says...

I live on Whataloadofcobblers Lane,
I didn't know you could change a street name to anything that takes your fancy at the time.
I live on Whataloadofcobblers Lane, I didn't know you could change a street name to anything that takes your fancy at the time. woolybully
  • Score: 2

12:04am Sat 25 Jan 14

mikebuk says...

Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi Cul-De-Sac ?
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi Cul-De-Sac ? mikebuk
  • Score: 4

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