24th Oct, 2020

What's in a name? Charlton Place gets the nod over Vint in Studley

A REQUEST to name a new development ‘Vint Place’ has received a frosty reception.

The call came from the widow of a Mr Vint, a dentist from Fairfield in Bromsgrove who owned the old Roy’s Bike site on Alcester Road in Studley.

He’d bought it from the Allen family in 2006 but unfortunately passed away before he could see the site developed.

At a recent Parish Council meeting in the village councillors were asked if they would approve the name in the previous owner’s honour – and if not to provide valid reasons why.

Members were not impressed with ‘Vint Place’.

Council chair Sue Redman agreed: “I do not think that just owning the site is a good enough reason. There is no local connection and he was only the person who owned the land.”

As an alternative the name Dennis Charlton was suggested, a key figure in the village who had set up the Cygnet Players.

“He made a significant contribution over more than 40 years to Studley and by choosing the name Charlton Place we would be following precedence by naming sites after local people who had contributed to the village,” said Coun Redman.

The suggestion was unanimously passed by councillors.

Speaking afterwards, County Councillor Clive Rickhards said: “Dennis Charlton was a great promoter of the arts.

“He also had a major role to play in winning Lottery funds that laid the foundations of the village hall.

“We both played tramps outdoors for Birmingham Opera once and were occupying the arches by Snowshill Station and a lot of the audience thought we really were tramps and were wondering what on earth we were doing there. Dennis was a great man.”

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