Authority says Ballakilley names need continuity

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The issue of what to call the streets in the new Heritage Homes Ballakilley estate rumbles on after Port Erin Commissioners rejected the latest proposal by the developer.

HH director Joe McLoughlin wrote to the authority that the names reflect the wishes of the authorities in which that area of the estate - which borders Port Erin and Rushen Parish - lies.

Rushen suggested streets be named after local landmarks, so there is ‘Carnane Lane’, ‘Fleshwick Close’ and ‘Meayll Drive’, which they have agreed to.

Port Erin Commissioners suggested the streets be named after birds (in Manx) or perhaps notable locals featured in Manx Worthies or lost in World War One (as this is the centenary of the anniversary of the conflict). So streets in the Port Erin side of the estate would be: ‘JD Clucas Avenue’, ‘Edward Maddrell Crescent’ and ‘Herdman Court’.

But last week, April 22, Port Erin Commissioners agreed they think the same theme should be applied to all street names within the estate.

Commissioners’ chairman Lorna MacKellar said: ‘Lower cost areas are in Port Erin and to avoid stigma in the future there should be the same methodology applied to all the streets in the development. They should all be the same, not to emphasise the fact there’s a boundary in the middle of the estate.’

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