To name a road
The redevelopment of the old Crown Lynn site by Avanda continues. You may be interested in the process of naming roads. This is how it works.
Theme: The section of the site where the new roads are located was the original clay quarry from which the bricks raw material was dug out and manufactured into bricks. Many existing roads in the area surrounding this development have names that refer to the bricks and pottery history of the area, such as ‘Crown Lynn Place’ (ceramics manufacturer in this area), ’Clinker Place’ (clay bricks), ‘Ambrico Place’ (‘Ambrico’ is the name of the parent company ‘Amalgamated Brick and Pipe Company Limited’ before it became known as Crown Lynn) and ‘Clark Street’ (named after the Clarks who were the original largescale pottery manufacturers).
The Auckland Council Road Naming Guidelines also state that road names should not be commercially based. The applicant originally wanted the name ‘Avanda Way’ in the pool of alternatives. However, this is not permitted as Avanda is in reference to the developer and the name that they have traded under.
The following suggestions were put forward for the three new roads that needed naming. This is the background behind the suggested names:
Brickmakers Lane This new road is at the intersection of existing Clinker Place and Crown Lynn Place, so all those names relate to the history of bricks and pottery etc. in the area and hence the Brickmaker reference.
Dorothy Thorpe Way Crown Lynn ceramics commissioned international designers like the American Dorothy Thorpe. In Dorothy Thorpe’s heyday (probably 1930s and on into the 1950s) she purchased glass and ceramics from various companies, decorated it, and sold it.
The Crown Lynn ‘Santa Barbara’ range launched in 1965. Later designs included the ‘Pine’ and ‘Palm Springs’ range. Dorothy Thorpe passed away in 1989; her work is very sought after today.
Clay Works Lane The original clay quarry from which the bricks raw material was dug out and manufactured into bricks was located around the proposed new road. The developer also managed to get many old bricks from the demolition of the St Andrews Sunday School Hall next door to build walls as part of the entry into Stage 2. Those recycled bricks are returning to the place from whence they came – the filled in clay pit that is now being developed for housing.
The Council’s Subdivision Specialist team assessed the suggested names, based on these factors:
Mana whenua were contacted in June. Of the ten groups contacted, the only response received was from Waikato-Tainui who indicated support for mana whenua to take the lead role in this matter. Noting the scale of the development and that the site is not listed as a site of significance to mana whenua, it is considered that a sufficient period of time (eight weeks) had been made available to receive comments from mana whenua and the road naming process can continue.
At the Whau Local Board meeting in July, Chair Kay Thomas moved that the suggested road names be adopted. This was seconded by Susan Zhu and carried unanimously.
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