Statement on the proposal to rename Havelock Road, Southall

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced yesterday a commission to review and improve diversity across London’s public realm.

The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm will focus on increasing representation among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, women, the LGBT+ community and disability groups.

I welcome this announcement and am pleased to announce that I have commissioned a similar review in Ealing.

One suggested proposal is the renaming of Havelock Road in Southall, a section of which could be renamed Guru Nanak Road.  There will be full and proper statutory consultation before any changes are made.

The details are being developed on how the statutory consultation will take place and further information will be communicated prior to any consultation starting.

Our diversity is our strength. We need to make sure that our public realm, our statues, road names and buildings reflect our diversity, and not a frozen past where colonialism, racism and the slave trade were present and celebrated.