Mystery man behind street name campaign
By Plymouth Herald | Saturday, June 09, 2012, 05:30
A SECRET letter-writer has claimed responsibility for sparking an outcry over plans to change the name of the city's longest road.
How The Herald reported the street name controversy last month
As reported in The Herald, residents of the northern end of Wolseley Road in the west of Plymouth were outraged last month after it emerged that the city council was considering the name-change.
The change would slash the end off Plymouth's longest road and cost every household in the affected area about £50.
Letters from the council arrived at 212 homes between Saltash Passage and St Budeaux last month, advising residents of a consultation over the proposed new name.
The council said that street layout changes had left the end of Wolseley Road appearing as separate and not a continuation.
Now a second letter has dropped on the doormats of residents.
In it the anonymous letter-writer claims responsibility and explains his or her motives.
But "Juan Tunami" (not their real name) was still refusing to break cover.
"Juan is not my real name," he said in an email to The Herald. "I prefer to keep my identity private as there are nutty people out there and I have other people to consider."
In the letter "Juan" writes: "This road was not always called Wolseley road.
"Our road, before the Weston Mill Creek was partly filled in, was called "the road to the ferry.
"Saltash Passage, as it has been known for a very long time, is the name we are all familiar with."
"Juan" also makes the case for other names, including "Riverside" and "Ashe Torre Passage".
He says the name change would enhance the area's attraction to tourists and highlight the hundreds of years of history.
"As the profile of the area is raised, so too will be the desirability and value of your homes. £50 is a small investment that will repay you many, many times over."
He cites attractions like the Kinterbury Creek Reserve, The Kloof, Tamar River Sailing Club, the old ferry cottages and ferry slipways.
"We need to change the name to reflect how unique our area is," he writes.
"Juan" rejects claims by some neighbours that there would be significant costs in addition to the statutory £50 fee for each household.
"To change the road name on your deeds is free. Driving licence change of address is free. All other changes are probably free and do not need changing immediately."
Howard Beveridge, who lives in Wolseley Road, said: "I feel he is trying to manipulate people's opinions but I am standing firm. I don't want the name to change at all."