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Gay couple take action over UK road named ‘Bangays Way’

Gay couple take action over UK road named ‘Bangays Way’

A British gay couple is taking action to rename a road named Bangays Way.

Erected last month in the village of Borough Green in Kent, the married couple who have lived in the village for seven years find it offensive and homophobic.

The cul de sac in the new residential development was named in memory of local villager Frank Bangay who died in 1999.

The couple, who did not want to be named, say the problem is adding the letter ‘s’ to the name.

As reported by The Telegraph, one of them said: ‘My husband and I went to look round the new development. Having got over the initial humor, we reflected that this street name was actually pretty offensive.

‘Somehow seeing it on the sign made it look even worse. We are pretty sure the sign will be subject to frequent vandalism and possible theft.

‘Apparently Frank Bangay was a local historian. Many local roads are named after local families. But only in one instance did an "s" get tacked on the end.’

MP Tom Tugendhat was contacted by the couple, saying he were happy to support them. He approached the council to see if it could be changed to Frank Bangay Way, which would make it clear it is a name and not a statement of opinion.

Bangay’s daughter, Marian Smith, said she is considering legal action against the gay couple for making a complaint.

‘We are all very proud of our surname and both of my parents were very prominent in the village for many, many years and did so much for the village,’ she said.

‘Our surname has been researched back to the 16th Century by a relative. I too feel that if the couple who are so afraid of what people think that they make an issue could well find themselves in litigation.’

The council has refused the MP’s complaint, saying it is a tribute to the Bangay family.