Review of street or building names and monuments in the district
Date of consultation: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - Wednesday, September 1, 2021
We are asking residents to tell us if there are monuments, plaques, buildings, street names or other representations of history that they feel don’t align with the values we want to live by.
In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement brought to the world’s attention important issues relating to on-going racism in society. An important issue that was raised related to ensuring that commemorations of history are appropriate to the current time and the Council committed to consult with the community on any street names, buildings and statues within the district that may be considered offensive.
This review is to ensure statues and commemorations, as well as the names of streets and buildings, are representative of local people’s values and those of a modern, inclusive Council.
As part of this review we want to ensure that the diversity of our communities is appropriately reflected so we’re also asking for nominations of other names, particularly of under-represented groups, who have done something memorable and who we should celebrate.
Review of street or building names and monuments in the district consultation
This consultation therefore also invites the consideration for future recognition of individuals or events that celebrate diversity and important events in our recent history.
Feedback from the consultation will also be used to help determine a future approach to public spaces. Hearing from people through this consultation about what’s important to them will help us ensure that in future the different histories and achievements are reflected.
Residents are also being asked what they think and feel about the Blackboy Clock, Blackboy House, Castle Street, Stroud and a comprehensive report detailing its history and what we know about the statue and the clock has been published with the consultation documents.
A Review Panel made up of community representatives, councillors and historians will review the findings to determine the action that should be taken. The suggestions received will be reviewed with a range of possible outcomes including but not limited to relocation, the addition of explanatory information, renaming or removal. In some cases, it may be decided that no action is necessary at all. The Review Panel will then publish it’s recommendations based on the representations made.
“We want to ensure that statues and commemorations, as well as the names of streets and buildings, are representative of local people’s values and those of a modern, inclusive Council,” said Cllr Natalie Bennett who chairs the Review Panel. “We have an opportunity to celebrate the diverse communities which make up the Stroud District and to recognise the achievements of people from black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities and from other underrepresented groups that may have been overlooked in the past. Hearing from people through this consultation about what’s important to them will help us achieve this.”
If you have any further information on the history of the statue we would really like to know, please email Policy@stroud.gov.uk
The following questions will ask you what you think and feel about the Blackboy’s Clock and what you think should happen to it.