Controversial Northamptonshire street to be renamed in March after council blunder

Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, paid a visit to Druids Way, Parklands, alongside Northampton MP Michael Ellis, over a decision to give a newer street nearby the same name.
Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, paid a visit to Druids Way, Parklands, alongside Northampton MP Michael Ellis, over a decision to give a newer street nearby the same name.

A Northamptonshire street, which became the centre of controversy when it was given the same name as a road three miles away, is set to be renamed next month.

On March 9, Daventry District Council is to change recently built Druids Way in Moulton, to Carrs Road, in honour of a local war hero.

Pressure mounted on the authority last year when residents at a different Druids Way in Parklands, Northampton, started receiving mail and deliveries intended for the new address in Moulton.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles even labelled the council as ‘buffoons’ for giving a new street the same title as one three miles away and in the same NN3 postcode area.

Now Daventry District Council (DDC) has agreed to the change following consultation with residents of Druids Way, Moulton.

Leader of Daventry District Council, Councillor Chris Millar, said: “I would like to thank residents for their feedback on our plans to rename the road.

“We appreciate that changing part of their address may cause some inconvenience for existing residents so we will be offering our support in this process and providing each household with a payment to cover any costs associated with doing this.”

The new Carrs Road is being named after the late Raymond ‘Archie’ Carr, a World War Two veteran and long-time resident of the village.

Mr Carr, who was Known locally as Arch, or Archie, received the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice for his acts of bravery in battle while serving with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards tank regiment during the war.

After the end of the war, he settled in Moulton and was the village postman for more than 30 years. Mr Carr died in August 2008 at the age of 91.

Plans to rename the street in Mr Carr’s memory were suggested by Moulton Parish Council and have received the blessing of his family.

The residents consultation took place over a four-week period in December and January.

Councillor Millar added: “Mr Carr was a well-loved character in the village for many years so we welcomed the suggestion to rename the road after him.

“As a local war veteran highly decorated for his acts of bravery, it is particularly fitting that we have this opportunity to pay tribute to Mr Carr in this 70th year since the end of the Second World War.”