Council chairman calls for roadsigns to promote Grantham’s heritage

Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of South Kesteven District Council EMN-150527-171114001

Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of South Kesteven District Council EMN-150527-171114001

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The chairman of South Kesteven District Council has called for signs to be put up at the main entrances to Grantham promoting the town.

Coun Ray Wootten says the signs could tell visitors to Grantham about its history and heritage such as Isaac Newton’s connections with the town as a schoolboy, the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first female Prime Minster, and the home of Ruston and Hornsby, the makers of the tank track.

Coun Wootten has listed six ideas for the signs. They are:

l Home of Margaret Thatcher, first female Prime Minister

l Home of Bomber Command 5th Group in WW2

l Home of Sir Isaac Newton’s School

l Home of Edith Smith, First Warranted Female Police Officer

l Home of Ruston& Hornsby, makers of the Tank Track

l Home of The Machine Gun Corp in World War One

Coun Wootten said: “I believe that such a scheme would enhance our town and encourage visitors to stop and see what else our town has got to offer.

“Throughout history Grantham has been the home of many famous people and events. A number of towns have taken advantage of this and produced entry signs which promote their towns past.

“On a recent trip to Bletchley I saw that they have erected entry signs which not only say welcome to Bletchley but also promote their heritage with ‘ Home of the Codebreakers’. These signs are very visible and attract the visitors eye.

“Having also recently traveled to Chatham, once again visitors are greeted with ‘Chatham, Home of Charles Dickens’. Similar signs exist on the entrance to Melton Mowbray.

“I have made contact with Bletchley and Fenny Town Council who paid for the signs to be erected by West Bletchley Council. Recently a sign was damaged and the cost to replace this sign was £560 
and was made by Express Signs.”

Earlier this year Coun Wootten suggested the town’s new relief road, currently under construction, should be named after Lady Thatcher. The Journal story was soon taken up by the national press and Coun Wootten was inteviewed on TV and radio.