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Vale Council Cabinet: Review of Statues, Monuments, Street Names and Building Names

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council's Cabinet is set to receive a report at its meeting on the 2nd November, which, if approved, will see the review of Statues, Monuments, Street Names and Building Names across the County.

The report, which is available via the Councils website, sets out proposals for reviewing statues, monuments, street names and building names in the Vale of Glamorgan in light of the current concerns on the interpretation of some of the names associated with some statues, monuments, street names and buildings.

It is proposed that all town and community councils, as well as the public, are invited to make representations for commemorations that should be reviewed to ensure they are appropriate.

If the cabinet endorses the approach to establish a review on Monday, a panel compromising of the following will be set established:

  • Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader and Deputy Leader
  • The Member Equality Champion
  • The Member LGBT Champion
  • An officer from the Council's Strategic Leadership Team
  • A representative from local history societies
  • A representative from the Vale of Glamorgan Stand Up to Racism organisation

The report to be put to cabinet, follows the First Minister's announcement in July of an audit of public monuments, street and building names associated with the history of black communities in Wales, saying:

"It's time that we properly reflected on the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic lives in the heritage of Wales.

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"We need to re-examine the way some of our public monuments and buildings are valued and consider what they about us, our society today and our shared history."

It's not clear which monuments, streets and building names will be considered by the group - but local lawyer and black rights activist Hilary Brown said she was "horrified" by the street name Fford Penryhn, which is part of the new development on Barry Waterfront.

She said the name referred to Slave Master, Richard Pennant, the first Baron Penrhyn, who made his fortune from slaves working in Jamaican plantations, with the profits he made leading to the development of Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor.

At the time, Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader, Neil Moore, said the street name was named after the Welsh for "peninsula and not after any individual"

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