BBC in Grantham to interview councillor over ‘Lady Thatcher Way’

Coun Ray Wootten is interviewed for the Inside Out programme.
Coun Ray Wootten is interviewed for the Inside Out programme.
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The BBC has been in town to interview a councillor who kicked off a national debate when he suggested the new southern bypass should be named after Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.

District and county councillor Ray Wootten was filmed for the regional Inside Out programme which looks at issues in the East Midlands.

Earlier this year Coun Wootten told the Journal that it would be a fitting tribute to the former Prime Minister if the road was named Lady Thatcher Way. The story was taken up by the national press including The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Following the interview, Coun Wootten said: “Whatever you’re politics I believe that Grantham needs to recognise the fact that Baroness Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister, serving three consecutive terms of office from 1979 to 1990, the longest serving head of government in the 20th century, a fact that we should be proud of.

“Throughout her leadership she left a legacy that will be hard to follow, for example contributing to the end of the Cold War and her steadfast nerve in defeating Argentina in the Falklands War. At home she gave people the right to buy their own council house. Thatcherism became a political byword for the changing times of the 1980’s.

“Other towns and cities have streets named after famous people, for example Mandela Street in London and Brian Clough Way in Derby. It is time to put political differences aside and approve the name of the new Grantham Bypass after our famous daughter.”

BBC reporter Tony Roe, who interviewed Coun Wootten, told the Journal it was likely the programme would be shown in October.