Ealing Council has announced that a road in Southall will be renamed Guru Nanak Road after a successful consultation process. The news coincides with the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab.
The part of the road to be renamed lies between King Street and Merrick Road and includes the location of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall.
Consultation took place with residents and businesses directly impacted by the change, the Royal Mail and the emergency services.
The decision to make the change is also being taken in accordance with the Street Naming Protocol which confirms that any change proposal should ‘respect and balance cultural and historical identities, sensitivities, and heritage’.
The name change will come into effect early in 2021 and the council will be writing to households, businesses and organisations impacted in advance of the change.
Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa, cabinet member for business and community services said, “I welcome this change. Ealing’s diversity is our strength and we have to make sure that the places we live reflect that diversity through our street names and buildings.”
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said, “Ealing’s independent equality commission will explore what residents and businesses believe can be done to reduce inequality while improving outcomes. It will look at education, employment, crime and justice, health and housing, among others. The decision to rename one of Ealing’s roads reflects the importance of celebrating the borough’s diversity and is a timely celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday on 30 November.”