Labour-run Sandwell Council has rebuffed residents of Bell End who demanded the local authority use its powers to change the ‘rude’ name of their street.

Apparently they reckon it’s affecting property values. The Telegraph reported in January:

“The residents even claim the street name is driving down house prices, saying that semi-detached houses in Bell End are valued at around £60,000 less than the £186,000 odd fetched by similar properties on nearby Uplands Avenue.”

But a petition to save the ‘historic’ street name — named after a mine in the locality — has since gathered nearly 5,000 signatures. A council spokesperson announced today that they plan to take no action on the matter.

And the road that Bell End leads on to?

Mincing Lane.

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