Lendlease today announces the proposed new street names for the first phase of Elephant Park, following recommendations made by the local community across Elephant & Castle. The naming process began in 2014 and was managed through the Put It On The Map campaign, in partnership with Creation Trust, which encouraged local residents to make suggestions for the new streets, buildings and open spaces on Elephant Park.
The first four new street names, which have now been submitted to Southwark Council for formal approval, are O’Callaghan Way, Sayer Street, Eider Street and Bodley Way, each holding personal and historical significance to local residents.
Commenting on the new names, Rob Heasman, Lendlease’s Project Director at Elephant & Castle, said:
“We are delighted to be able to recognise both notable individuals and the history of the area in choosing the names for the first new streets on Elephant Park. Paying tribute to individuals who have such significance to the local community such as Private Lee O’ Callaghan and bringing back road names of historical importance to the area is exactly why we wanted the community to put forward name suggestions.”
Shirley O’Callaghan, mother of Lee O’Callaghan, said:
“I have been overwhelmed by the number of people in the local community who wanted to remember Lee in this way. It is a fitting and lasting tribute to my brave son and, on behalf of my family, I am proud to be able to support this initiative to remember him.”
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark Council, commented:
“It is great to see the history and future of the Elephant come together in this way. In particular, to honour a local man and former Heygate resident who gave his life in the service of our country with this lasting tribute.”
Charlotte Benstead, Chief Executive at the Creation Trust, said:
“We loved working with local people to explore the history of the Elephant and Castle. We are delighted that on the final list are some of the original street names and that Heygate resident Lee O’Callaghan will be fittingly remembered in a street name.”
The process of the street naming began with a series of events last year, during which hundreds of suggestions were made to name the new buildings, streets and open spaces within Elephant Park. The events were held for attendees to learn about the heritage of the area and to make suggestions of their own. The names have now been submitted to Southwark Council for final approval. If approval is granted, the streets will open with these new names when the first phase of Elephant Park completes in 2017.
It is expected that the first building names for Elephant Park will be announced by Lendlease later this year.
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