Why we’re naming streets after fallen heroes – and other councils should to

23rd February, 2013 12:05 pm

In Barking and Dagenham Council we are extremely proud of our local Armed Forces personnel and the amazing job they do on our behalf. It is deeply sad and thought-provoking that individuals with a strong connection to the area have lost their lives during service on behalf of the country. In order to show them and their families how much we respect and appreciate all they did for us, we offer their families the opportunity to name a street after their loved one.

As a council, we have a strong sense of pride that we are able to remember our fallen heroes through naming a street after them. These streets will be permanent reminders to future generations of the ultimate sacrifice which these brave men and women have made for the nation.

The first such instance occurred in February 2011 when Tony Rawson Way was named after Private Tony Rawson, who was killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan, after his patrol came under fire in August 2007. In March 2012 we commissioned Martin Kinggett Gardens in honour of Rifleman Martin Kinggett who was killed in action while on foot patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, on February 25 2010. Both families were consulted about the process throughout and it was the greatest honour of mine to be able to join these families by ensuring the people of Barking and Dagenham would never forget their names. These individuals are an absolute credit to Barking and Dagenham.

My proudest moment as Leader of the Council came when at the unveiling of Martin Kinggett Gardens, his mother Lisa said:

“I will always know he didn’t die for nothing.”

The decision to name these streets after fallen soldiers has been met with widespread support throughout Barking and Dagenham and to my knowledge not a single person has complained about the policy. Our borough will always stand fast on behalf of our armed forces and the role they play in our community.

While as an individual I did not support the war and was very vocal about my feelings at the time, I do support our armed forces and all they do for us. This is not about your feelings towards the war but is a way of acknowledging all that our armed forces do for us in present and future conflicts.

This Council will continue to support our armed forces and our veterans in any way we can – and we have done this in many ways. The council has also made a commitment to offer a guaranteed interview for available jobs in the Council for former service personnel and we are actively reviewing our housing allocations policy so that veterans and their families can be better served when homes are needed for them. Veterans are also able to access the Council’s leisure services at a discounted price.

I would echo Jim Murphy and Hilary Benn in calling on all councils to follow us in naming streets after soldiers killed in the line of duty and other measures we have implemented.  If Barking and Dagenham can do it, so can others. Our Armed Forces deserve nothing less.

Liam Smith is the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council

  • jaime taurosangastre candelas

    Well done to you and your Council.

  • TomFairfax

    Would this be the same Liam Smith who mysteriously shot to the top of the waiting list for council houses?
    Would this be the same Liam Smith whose council officers treated enquiries by his own councilors as an attack on the council, merely for doing the job of elected representatives?
    Would this same Liam Smith be trying to distract attention by doing one reasonable thing?

  • TomFairfax

    Would this be the same Liam Smith who mysteriously shot to the top of the waiting list for council houses?
    Would this be the same Liam Smith whose council officers treated enquiries by his own councilors as an attack on the council, merely for doing the job of elected representatives?
    Would this same Liam Smith be trying to distract attention by doing one reasonable thing?

  • MonkeyBot5000

    The idea is great, but LL really should have found a better picture for this article.

    I read the headline about naming roads after soldiers and then looked at the picture and saw a sign for “Private Road”. Is there a “Seargent Street” nearby?

Latest

  • News Unite make clear they do not support de-selecting MPs

    Unite make clear they do not support de-selecting MPs

    This evening Channel 4 have run a story stating that a Unite member is claiming that the “far-left” is preparing to try and de-select Labour MPs if Jeremy Corbyn wins. Unite have stressed that this is not their policy, while leadership contender Corbyn does not seem to have any part in this. The unnamed Unite member is reported to have named a number of MPs he would wish to de-select. However, this is in no way supported by Unite and […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured Will Chuka Umunna be the next Shadow Chancellor?

    Will Chuka Umunna be the next Shadow Chancellor?

    From being touted as leader of the resistance against Jeremy Corbyn, Chuka Umunna is now being tipped as being the left winger’s number two. With the betting markets still convinced that victory for Jeremy Corbyn is assured, Umunna’s odds for becoming the next Shadow Chancellor tumbled this morning. He is now second favourite for the role, just behind Andy Burnham, at 5/1. Umunna appears to have publicly softened his position on leadership frontrunner Corbyn. It is no great secret that Campaign Group […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Dissolution Dishonour: it’s time to abolish the House of Lords

    Dissolution Dishonour: it’s time to abolish the House of Lords

    The Prime Minister’s behaviour since his unexpected election victory shames our democracy. His dodgy dissolution honours list is only the latest and most egregious example of his contempt for all constitutional and political propriety. As always his actions are extremely partisan in the Tory party cause. His utter failure to ensure that the electoral register contains the up to seven million missing voters who are far less likely to be Tories, his decision to cut the number of seats in […]

    Read more →
  • News Kendall calls for early years inequality to be tackled

    Kendall calls for early years inequality to be tackled

    Liz Kendall has called for a greater effort in tackling the inequalities that set in before children start school. This morning, the leadership hopeful said that as much effort should be put into tackling inequality during foundation years as it is at primary and secondary school. Kendall said that she has seen first hand in her own Leicester West constituency how children could start school at the age of five over a year behind their peers in terms of development. […]

    Read more →
  • News Jeremy Corbyn proposes plan for older people with flexible pension age

    Jeremy Corbyn proposes plan for older people with flexible pension age

    Jeremy Corbyn has outlined part of his plan for older people with a flexible pension age. Writing in the Telegraph (£) the leadership candidate argues against increasing the pension wage and cutting social care provision and instead proposes a flexible pension age “that allows people to work for as long as they want to”. He notes that raising the pension age mostly affects lower-paid workers. Corbyn suggests that these measures would be paid for by increasing income tax rates – […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit