A bid to rename a Tottenham street to commemorate the Windrush generation has been ruled out on cost grounds.

Haringey Council launched a consultation on renaming Town Hall Approach Road at the end of August to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, which brought one of the first groups of post-war immigrants from the Commonwealth to the UK.

But the council has deemed the proposals to rename the street New Windrush Gardens too expensive because it would have to spend tens of thousands of pounds compensating businesses for the change.

Instead, it has decided to name a street on one of the borough’s new developments in honour of the Windrush generation.

At a meeting of the corporate committee yesterday (Monday, December 3), Emma Williamson, assistant director of planning, said five businesses along the road had objected to the proposals on cost grounds.

She said: “Two of those objections set out how much money those businesses wanted in compensation – one was £3,000; the other £2,480.

“We estimated it would cost at least £21,500 if we were to offer each of those businesses £500 each, and it would likely be substantially more.

“We decided not to go ahead on cost grounds, but we are seeking to use a similar name on one of the new developments that have been created in Tottenham.”

The HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury in June 1948, bringing 500 settlers from Jamaica and the Caribbean to the UK.

These and other arrivals from the commonwealth played a vital role in aiding the UK’s post-war economic recovery.

The Windrush generation have a rich history in Tottenham, and the council hoped the name change would celebrate the diversity of the borough.