Occasions when it may be necessary to rename or renumber a street:
- There is confusion over a street name
- A group of residents is unhappy with their street name
- New properties are built in a street and renumbering is needed to accommodate them
A request to change, alter or correct the name of a street or renumber a street can be made directly to the council's street naming and numbering officer. They will conduct a consultation exercise with all residents and landlords (or housing associations) with properties along the street to be changed, to obtain their views of this change.
The change of name of a street or renumber a street will only proceed if a clear majority of the residents and landlords (or housing associations) are in agreement with the proposed change. If a clear majority are not in favour of the change then the street naming and numbering officer will write to the original correspondent and all residents that no change will take place.
When the council receive a request to change a streets detail, they will give careful consideration to the proposal along with consulting Royal Mail. Regarding renaming or renumbering a street, on acceptance of the change the street naming and numbering officer will request approval for this change from the local ward councillors. Once approval has been gained the they will prepare notices to be displayed in conspicuous positions at both ends of the street to be renamed, 32 days prior to the street renaming/renumbering coming into effect.
All objections to these proposed changes on a street will be required to be notified to the street naming and numbering officer within 21 days of the erection of the notices. Should no objections be supplied or all objections be rejected, the change to naming or numbering will come into effect on the date indicated on the notices. This will be confirmed in writing to all residents living along the street, and the ward councillors the new street name/numbering, for their information.