Dear Geographical Names Board,
It was with interest we read in last Friday's newspaper that your esteemed group will consider naming the area located in Channel Close, near Bohnock.
It is currently known by locals and others as 'Bohnock Reserve.' We further understand the board intends to name the area 'Bohnock Reserve.' This is a totally sensible move and we can only congratulate your board for such enterprise and foresight.
You are indeed a clever lot and the Barrington Coast will be richer for having Bohnock Reserve officially under its umbrella.
However, while in the mood Geographical Names Board, we have another suggestion you may, in time, consider.
It's the street (well, lane actually) where this correspondent resides and has done so for nearly three decades. We think it is about time for a name change.
It is sometimes called Struggle Street in a column in the local paper. However, Struggle Street is hardly original. (What would you expect from that column.)
We're unsure how long the laneway has been known by its current moniker, but we suspect it is many generations.
Here's the problem, Geographical Names Board. There are actually two sections to the lane. It's dissected by Pulteney Street and this causes considerable aggravation for our town's taxi drivers.
On a regular basis we see them valiantly trying to find the address of a fare they have to pick up. It really is pitiful. They scour the bottom half only to find their fare is in the top and vice versa. This can be frustrating for customers, particularly those who have to attend important appointments. Harsh words have been exchanged.
We have it on good authority that many of those wretches employed in the taxi driving game have had to resort to hard liquor, such was their fragile state of mind caused by being constantly lost in the lane-with-two-sections. To borrow loosely from Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons 'won't somebody please think of the taxi drivers'.
So, Geographical Names Board, we have a solution. We suggest renaming one of the two sections. On reflection, it have been done years ago and all those Local Government officials and elected representatives who turned a collective blind eye to the escalating crisis should be named and shamed.
We would recommend the top half be forthwith known as 'Tia's Way'. This would be in recognition of the lane's most prominent canine, who for the years from 1997-2011 was an icon of the community. Yes, Tia's Way is the answer. We trust the Geographical Names Board will take immediate action. For the sake of the taxi drivers, at least.