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'New name' for merchants' quarter
Councillor Barbara Janke (pic courtesy Bristol City Council)
Councillor Janke says the name is to be changed
A council leader claims a controversial name for a 500m redevelopment in Bristol is to be changed.

Some groups had complained the name, Merchants' Quarter, was offensive because it glorified the city's historic slave trading past.

But Bristol Alliance - behind the project - said merchants had played a crucial role in the story of the city.

Barbara Janke, Leader of Bristol City Council, told the BBC: "I have been told the name has been dropped."

The Bristol Alliance refused to comment on the possible name change and said it would release a statement on Thursday.

The debate over the controversial renaming of the revamped area has raged for several months.

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