Debate on Grantham bypass name has got readers voting

Margaret Thatcher (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) PPP-140822-175817001
Margaret Thatcher (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) PPP-140822-175817001

Hundreds of Journal readers have taken part in our website vote following on from our story about the naming of the new bypass after Margaret Thatcher.

Grantham councillor Ray Wootten first proposed calling the southern bypass Lady Thatcher Way which immediately had people talking nationwide.

The story has been reported in national newspapers including The Times and The Daily Mail, on TV and radio.

Coun Wootten has been interviewed by The Times and on regional TV news this week.

He said: “I am very pleased with the reaction the story has had. Grantham has nothing to celebrate or commemorate Margaret Thatcher, so I think it’s good that people are talking about it.”

A small majority of the hundreds of votes on the website are against naming the road after Lady Thatcher.

We asked readers to nominate alternative names. These have included Terry Bly, the former Grantham Town player and manager, Dambusters, Barford, Edith Smith, Isaac Newton, St Wulfram’s, Eric Chappell and Nicholas Parsons.

But Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby said this is not the time for the debate. He said: “I can’t believe that there is such a kerfuffle about the name of this southern bypass. We have waited since 1946 for this road, so why not wait until we get it built first. Talk about putting the cart before the horse!”

The vote will remain open over the next week and we will reveal the result in next week’s Journal.

To vote go to tinyurl.com/granthambypass