A controversial street name in Haringey is being officially changed today (January 23).

Black Boy Lane in south Tottenham will now be called La Rose Lane, in honour of the late Black publisher, poet and essayist, John La Rose (1927-2006).

La Rose played a key role in founding New Beacon Books in Stroud Green and, later, the Caribbean Artists' Movement.

The decision to rename the street was made in response to concerns raised by residents that Black Boy Lane had racist connotations.

Following a public consultation, the council made the decision to change the street name in February 2022.

The consultation was originally organised in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, which ignited anti-racism protests around the world.

Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said: "I’m delighted that we’re able to pay tribute to John La Rose with a new street name.

"John made such a huge contribution to Black life both here in Haringey and across the UK and played an important role in gaining recognition for Black authors and artists, as well as championing inclusive education.

"I understand that this is a decision which has generated passionate responses.  

"Several rounds of consultation were held, and I know that the corporate committee took the full range of views into consideration when deciding to change the name of the road.  

"It is time now to move forward with this...

"I also want to be clear that this is just one small part of the work that we must do to ensure Haringey is a place where everyone feels welcome and included. 

"I look forward to working with residents and communities on this important mission in the months and years to come."

The leader of the council added that it has made available a £300 voluntary payment for affected households.

Council officers will be out and about in the area over the coming weeks providing practical support to residents who need it.  

Renaldo La Rose, grandson of John La Rose, said: "John’s family are really proud that John’s life and work is to be recognised by having a road named after him.  

"John’s work was of national and international significance but much of it started here in Haringey.  

"We hope that through having his name memorialised in this way we will bring the message of his work – the urgent need for race equality and justice – to a new audience."