Nam­ing new sub­di­vi­sion

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet;” — Romeo and Juliet, Act II scene II

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

Stratford mayor Neil Volzke is ask­ing those who live or work in the district to con­sider ex­actly what is in a name when it comes to choos­ing the names for four new roads to be cre­ated in a new sub­di­vi­sion.

With the lay­out of the Coun­cil sub­di­vi­sion ac­cessed off Pem­broke Road op­po­site the north­ern end of Bre­con Road, it is time to de­cide on names for the streets, he says.

“Tra­di­tion­ally streets in Stratford have taken their names from Shake­speare’s works in some way, and Coun­cil wants to con­tinue that tra­di­tion with these new streets.”

Af­ter de­cid­ing to ask the com­mu­nity for ideas, Neil asked coun­cil­lor Glo­ria Webby to help run it.

“Glo­ria has a great knowl­edge of the arts and her gen­uine in­ter­est in the works of Shake­speare makes her the ideal can­di­date for cham­pi­oning this part of the sub­di­vi­sion project.”

Glo­ria says Stratford is, to the best of her knowl­edge, “the only Stratford in the world to have streets named from the Bard’s works and as­so­ci­a­tions”.

Glo­ria says Shake­speare’s words are used ev­ery day in a va­ri­ety of ways.

“His words and phrases are em­bed­ded in our ev­ery­day lan­guage, so ‘for good­ness sake [Henry VIII], ‘don’t be faint­hearted’ [Henry VI], ‘you won’t be a laugh­ing stock’ [The Merry Wives of Wind­sor], and dreaming up name ideas will be ‘nei­ther here nor there’ [Othello].”

She en­cour­ages peo­ple to put thought into name sug­ges­tions.

“A copy of the Com­plete Works of Wil­liam Shake­speare can be found in most li­braries, and would be a huge as­set to any­one try­ing to come up with name ideas.”

The fi­nal de­ci­sion for nam­ing streets will be made by Coun­cil and Glo­ria and Neil say they are look­ing for­ward to read­ing the sug­ges­tions.

With each of the four streets hav­ing dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, judges will be look­ing for the name which best suits the in­di­vid­ual street and area, she says.

En­try forms for the com­pe­ti­tion next month will be avail­able from Stratford District Coun­cil ser­vice cen­tre and li­brary, and at the Coun­cil stand at the A&P show next month. Forms will also be on­line at www.stratford.govt.nz and the Coun­cil Face­book page.

Neil spoke about sub­di­vi­sion progress at the Stratford Busi­ness AGM this month, say­ing the sec­tions will be go­ing on the mar­ket through a lo­cal real es­tate agency when the de­vel­op­ment is com­pleted in the first half of next year.

■ The com­pe­ti­tion opens on Novem­ber 7 un­til De­cem­ber 5.

‘Glo­ria has a great knowl­edge of the arts and her gen­uine in­ter­est in the works of Shake­speare makes her the ideal can­di­date for cham­pi­oning this part of the sub­di­vi­sion project.’ NEIL VOLZKE Stratford Mayor

GLO­RIA and Neil (pic­tured right chan­nelling his in­ner Shake­speare . . . ) are ask­ing for Shake­spearean name ideas.

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