'Gypsy Lane' street name change now before North Huron staff
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Blyth Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) executive’s desire to have the names of community infrastructure reviewed for political correctness is on North Huron Council's radar.
During the executive’s May meeting, when it discussed the fact that the term “gypsy”, which is a street name in the community, is a derogatory term, the group felt action was needed. As a result, the BIA executive passed a motion to encourage council to have all infrastructure names reviewed for appropriateness.
During the executive’s June 24 meeting, Reeve Bernie Bailey said the issue was likely being handled by staff.
“This will probably be on [Clerk Carson Lamb’s] desk,” he said. “Staff are working on it.”
Bailey bemoaned the mentality of the “day and age” that wanted to see issues resolved overnight, pointing to a recent land acknowledgement statement that council passed that took four months to finalize.
“We can’t do everything in 24 hours,” he said.
BIA Chair David Sparling suggested that Bailey pass the issue to Huron County Council as Huron County staff are directly involved in infrastructure naming. Sparling also said it would be better to have the issue dealt with on a county-wide basis instead of one-off situations within North Huron.
“It behooves the county to look at it,” he said.
Secretary Rachael King, who represents the Blyth Festival on the executive, said that the issue wasn’t even formally before council yet, as the BIA had, earlier in its June 24 meeting, approved the minutes from the May meeting, so sometimes similar issues had a month-long delay.