Langsdorff Renaming

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Langsdorff Renaming

On November 16, 2020, Ajax Town Council passed a resolution directing staff to initiate the process to rename the street currently known as Langsdorff Drive. This motion was prompted following concerns about the street name, which commemorates Captain Hans Langsdorff, commander of the World War II German warship, the Admiral Graf Spee.

The Council resolution also directed staff to conduct an Open House with the residents of Langsdorff Drive to discuss the process of street renaming. As such, an Open House for residents of Langsdorff Drive will be conducted online on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the Open House is to share information on the initial naming of the street, to inform of the recommended replacement name, to discuss the timeframe for implementing the new name, and to review responsibilities of both the Town and street residents. The Open House also provides an opportunity for residents of the street to ask questions and provide comments relating to this matter.

Project Update

  • At its meeting of March 22, 2021, Ajax Town Council ratified a resolution from the March 8, 2021 General Government Committtee (GGC) directing staff to change the name of Langsdorff Drive to Croker Drive. This direction follows a virtual Open House organized for all Langsdorff Drive residents on January 13, 2021. Further information on this decision is available in Item 6.1 (Page 86) of the meeting agenda from the March 8, 2021 GGC Meeting (https://events.ajax.ca/meetings).
  • The new street name, Croker Drive, was chosen based on the Town’s long-standing Street Naming Policy, which requires new streets to be named after personnel serving on the HMS Ajax, Exeter or Achilles. This name commemorates V.G. Croker, who served on the HMS Ajax from 1940-41, and A.J. Croker, who was killed in action during the Battle of the River Plate in 1939 while serving on the HMS Exeter. Prior to this decision, Croker remained the only name on the Town’s Street Name Reserve List representing a veteran who lost his life during the Battle of the River Plate.
  • The street name change will take effect on June 1, 2021. By this time, new street signs will have been installed and all companies and agencies with an interest in municipal addressing will have been notified by the Town of the impending name change.

On November 16, 2020, Ajax Town Council passed a resolution directing staff to initiate the process to rename the street currently known as Langsdorff Drive. This motion was prompted following concerns about the street name, which commemorates Captain Hans Langsdorff, commander of the World War II German warship, the Admiral Graf Spee.

The Council resolution also directed staff to conduct an Open House with the residents of Langsdorff Drive to discuss the process of street renaming. As such, an Open House for residents of Langsdorff Drive will be conducted online on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the Open House is to share information on the initial naming of the street, to inform of the recommended replacement name, to discuss the timeframe for implementing the new name, and to review responsibilities of both the Town and street residents. The Open House also provides an opportunity for residents of the street to ask questions and provide comments relating to this matter.

Project Update

  • At its meeting of March 22, 2021, Ajax Town Council ratified a resolution from the March 8, 2021 General Government Committtee (GGC) directing staff to change the name of Langsdorff Drive to Croker Drive. This direction follows a virtual Open House organized for all Langsdorff Drive residents on January 13, 2021. Further information on this decision is available in Item 6.1 (Page 86) of the meeting agenda from the March 8, 2021 GGC Meeting (https://events.ajax.ca/meetings).
  • The new street name, Croker Drive, was chosen based on the Town’s long-standing Street Naming Policy, which requires new streets to be named after personnel serving on the HMS Ajax, Exeter or Achilles. This name commemorates V.G. Croker, who served on the HMS Ajax from 1940-41, and A.J. Croker, who was killed in action during the Battle of the River Plate in 1939 while serving on the HMS Exeter. Prior to this decision, Croker remained the only name on the Town’s Street Name Reserve List representing a veteran who lost his life during the Battle of the River Plate.
  • The street name change will take effect on June 1, 2021. By this time, new street signs will have been installed and all companies and agencies with an interest in municipal addressing will have been notified by the Town of the impending name change.