Name change for Cornwall road in the works

A section of Service Road in Cornwall, Ont, looking east, on Monday, May 7, 2018. The city has received a request to rename it McLennan Road to recognize the people who settled the area in the late 1800s. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The city is looking at changing the name of a road, just north of Highway 401.

Service Road runs between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road along the northern edge of the freeway.

The city has received a request to rename it McLennan Road to honour the McLennan pioneers who settled in the area – descendants of Colonel Roderick R. McLennan.

Roderick McLennan was born in Charlottenburgh in 1842 and was a military man and politician in the late 1800s, first serving as the MP for the electoral district of Glengarry in 1891, according to the city.

But one resident is not happy about the idea and says other people had no idea about the proposed name change.

“None of the people on the road want the name changed. I talked to three of my neighbours already and they don’t want it. Nobody on the road even knew about it until it was online,” Bob Buiting said.

“You don’t know how much it costs to get everything changed over to a new number and a new name. Some of us here just got a new postal code changed and we’re still fighting with the postal code,” Buiting added.

As part of the city’s policy, comments are being accepted on the name change by City Clerk Manon Levesque for the next 10 days (until May 18) by email (, mail or dropping off a letter to city hall.