Statement on street names linked to the slave trade

In response to a local campaign requesting the renaming of streets linked to those involved in the slave trade, we’ve released the following statement. 

“The city council’s decision to light the Ashton Memorial purple over the weekend was a strong symbol of our solidarity with all those who are protesting against prejudice, injustice and discrimination in all their forms.

"It also provides the catalyst for a wider conversation about Lancaster’s slave trade legacy and the way those who were directly involved have been commemorated.

“We welcome the opportunity that this campaign has provided in creating a space for those discussions to take place.

"This will allow us to develop a deeper understanding and reflection of the issues, the views of our communities, and how we can work together to develop a response."

Last updated: 10 June 2020