Word Press page slugs

An annoying thing that has sprung up with the more recent versions of WP is that if you delete a page, and later decide you want a page by the same name that it will not let you create a page with the same slug name.

domain.com/page

delete the page and it will only let you create

domain.com/page-2 or whatever you rename it to but you cannot name it "page" in the URL

Has anyone found a way around this problem?