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Move to name new Shoreditch High St station Banglatown’

PUBLISHED: 14:04 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

A LABOUR councillor has joined calls for a new rail station in East London to be renamed Banglatown despite being half-a-mile away from the curry capital and not even in the same borough. Tower Hamlets councillor Abdal Ullah wants the new stop on the extended East London Line to be named after the Bangladeshi community when it opens in 2010.

By Ted Jeory

A LABOUR councillor has joined calls for a new rail station in East London to be renamed Banglatown despite being half-a-mile away from the curry capital and not even in the same borough.

Tower Hamlets councillor Abdal Ullah wants the new stop on the extended East London Line to be named after the Bangladeshi community when it opens in 2010.

The station is to be called Shoreditch High Street’... because it will be in Shoreditch High Street, in the neighbouring borough of Hackney.

But Cllr Ullah feels Bangladeshis in Spitalfields who helped establish Brick Lane as an iconic tourist destination deserve recognition.

“The Bangladeshi community are the custodians of the community,” he said.

“This area has been a haven for migrant communities and the Bangladeshi community by far is one of the largest at the moment and they want to leave a symbol for future generations.”

the old Shoreditch station on the East London Line used to be in Pedley Street, off Brick Lane itself, before it closed in 2006.

But the new Shoreditch High Street station will be more than half-a-mile away from Brick Lane.

It will also be within the borough Hackney and outside both Tower Hamlets and the Spitalfields & Banglatown ward.

Cllr Ullah’s comments are also likely to raise eyebrows because two years ago when he led a failed campaign to rename Aldgate East Underground station in nearby Whitechapel High Street Brick Lane, he strongly dismissed suggestions from restaurateurs to add the tag Banglatown.’

Back then he told the East London Advertiser that including the name Banglatown’ would be disrespectful and divisive to the area’s previous Jewish, Huguenot and Irish settlers.

Tower Hamlets council has been unable to explain his apparent change of heart.

But it could be academic because Transport for London revealed that a change of name could cost at least £2 million

It is not just the station signs that have to be addressed, they point out, but also maps, leaflets, related publications and pre-recorded announcements.

Their spokesman added: “It is important that a station name takes into account the street or the official name of its area, as recorded on official maps.”

ted.jeory@archant.co.uk


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