After years of directing friends and delivery drivers up four flights of stairs to his home a half-block north of Victoria Avenue, Sandy Plumptree finally has an address that makes sense.
Friday, he and White Rock Mayor Catherine Ferguson unveiled signage for Victoria Lane, the well-used – but until now unnamed – throughway that leads to Plumptree’s and other residents’ homes.
“I started on this baby seven years ago,” Plumptree said of his quest to have the lane named.
The east-west roadway – between Finlay and Fir streets – was marked for naming in January, when council voted to amend the city’s Naming of Streets and Numbering of Houses Bylaw to include it. Lanes are traditionally named to correspond with the street to the south or west of it, city manager Peggy Clark explained at the time.
Friday’s unveiling has been “seven years in the making, at least,” Ferguson told the small crowd of city staff, councillors and neighbours who turned out.
“Today, we’re giving you Victoria Lane,” she said.
Plumptree and Coun. Lynne Sinclair, who also lives on the lane, attributed the delay in part to a lack of interest in the task by previous management.
Noting the lane is many residents’ primary access to their homes, Sinclair said naming it “adds to the history and quaintness” of White Rock.