|David Bedford OBE|
There are also a few roads that, with minor adjustments, could be suitably renamed to commemorate local heroes. One such hero is David Bedford OBE, who was an iconic runner in the 1970's and also a teacher at Orange Hill Senior High School. Bedford held the world record for the 10,000 metres between 1973 and 1977. I would like to see Bedford Road, near Mill Hill County High (which is what Orange Hill School became in the 1980's) renamed David Bedford Road. That would be a suitable tribute.
Mill Hill Music Complex was for many years the music studio of choice for iconic and sadly departed Amy Winehouse. We are seriously considering renaming the road up to our carpark as Winehouse way in memory of Amy (as well as repainting studio 9 in her honour, her favourite room).
One final change I'd like to see is the renaming of Champions Way, the access to Allainz Park (home of Saracens). Many people are quite unaware that Shaftsbury Harriers and and Barnet Copthall swimming club are also located on the site. I would like to see the road renamed to celebrate one or other (or both) of these amazing clubs. Of course Saracens are a major source of local pride, but we shouldn't forget our long established clubs that have served the community for years.
There is a whole stack of new roads being built all over the Borough. In Mill Hill, many have truly uninspiring names such as "Courtgate Close" and "Oaklodge Way". Wouldn't it be better to insist that new roads commemorate our rich local history and the people who have made it?