Pupils use 'persuasion' to name new road in Southampton22nd October 2014
Harefield Primary School children had the chance to name a new road in Southampton on the site of the former Exford Drive Shopping Centre.
The area is currently undergoing extensive regeneration as part of Southampton City Council’s Estate Regeneration programme and will see the creation of new housing and shops on the site, off Exford Avenue. Phase one is due to complete in Spring 2015.
The competition, organised by the council and site developer Lovell, stipulated that the road name had to have some significance to 18th century novelist Jane Austen, who lived in the city from 1807 to 1809.
Winner, Candice Lewis, aged 9, has named the new road 'Mansfield Park Street', in reference to the novel of the same name, by the world-renowned author. Candice received a winning prize of a £20 Waterstones book voucher and a miniature replica street sign boasting her winning entry.
Jane Austen road naming competition winners
Two runners-up each received a £10 voucher for their entries: Austen Copse [James Parker, aged 9] and Northanger Close [Dylan Jay Singh Bawa, aged 9]. Winners were presented with their prizes by Catherine Greenham from Lovell and Councillor Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, at a school assembly on 21 October.
Councillor Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, said: “It’s wonderful to offer the children the chance to take some ownership of their neighbourhood through this competition. There were some excellent entries the entries, and it’s good that Jane Austen will be further remembered here through the creation of this new street within an exciting new development for the neighbourhood and the city.”
Lovell area manager, Bob Birch, said: “The Harefield Primary pupils rose to the challenge brilliantly, coming up with a name which perfectly celebrates the city’s association with Jane Austen. This will be a vibrant new development for the area and it’s been great to have local children making their own mark on it by helping name this street.”
Gary Hampton, Executive Head Teacher, Harefield Primary School said: "We are delighted that the children entered the completion with so much enthusiasm. There is a strong sense of community spirit in Harefield and this shows how the children are already investing in the future in a small but very memorable way."
The 3–4 new shops, 35 houses and 92 flats will be built by Lovell and completed in two phases; phase one completes in Spring 2015 and phase two is due to complete in Spring 2017.