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A Row Has Broken Out In A Village Over A New Road Called "Bangays Way"

Even the local MP has got involved.

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Here is Mike Taylor with the sign for a new road called Bangays Way in Borough Green, a village in Kent. Tony Kershaw /

Mike is the chairman of Borough Green Parish Council, and he has quite the row on his hands over the sign, which appeared there recently.

That's because a gay couple from the village, Philip and Ian Tucker, have taken offence to the road name. Tony Kershaw /

Philip Tucker told SWNS: "We laughed at first, but upon reflection we realised 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.”

The couple have called on their local MP for help, and he says he supports them.

However, the road is named in honour of a deceased local historian called Frank Bangay. Tony Kershaw /

And his family are furious. According to ITV News, his son Ian Bangay wrote:

"For some reason a villager has expressed the view that the name Bangays Way may be taken as homophobic.

While he may perceive things in this way, this seems perhaps overly sensitive and I would have faith in the people of Borough Green to see it as it is meant, simply a tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the area, without any other overtones."

There's a parish meeting tonight to thrash it all out. Tony Kershaw /

It was called by Mike Taylor, who told ITV: "I feel the guy is being over-sensitive. If he lived longer in the village he would know Frank Bangay was one of the pillars of the community.

When you say the word 'Bangay' we think of Frank Bangay and his family, we don't think of 'Ban Gay'".