Council decides not to back idea to name town’s streets after the Fallen

People have backed an idea to name streets after fallen soldiers but Crawley Borough Council says it wants to remember the town’s war dead in other ways.

Carol Brackpool, whose son John died in Afghanistan while serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, is supported an idea in Worthing to name its streets after its fallen soldiers.

With new developments in the pipeline for Crawley, such as Kilnwood Vale, the Observer approached Crawley Borough Council to see if it would consider naming roads after the town’s fallen.

But it said it decided not to pursue the idea because it wanted to commemorate their bravery in other ways, and felt it would be too difficult and potentially upsetting to choose one person over another.

But some residents said they supported the idea and would love to see streets named after the town’s heroes.

Commenting on our Facebook page, Nikki Dave Middleditch said: “Great idea, my best mate who was a Royal Marine sadly died. I’m sure his mum would love this idea too.”

Luke Reeves added: “I think this is a brilliant idea. Lost a good mate out there and one seriously injured. True respect to theForces.”

Sarah Hildreth said: “Good idea in theory but who decides? They can’t be named after every fallen service man or women what about those in WWI and WWII who died?”

Mrs Brackpool said: “I think Worthing council’s idea was the Fallen in recent wars. They have already done this in Barking and Dagenham area. In America this is a common practice.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said he supported the idea of naming roads after the town’s soldiers.

He said: “I think the idea of naming new residential roads after West Sussex service personnel who have sacrificed their lives for our country and freedom to be very fitting indeed. After all, there are a number of local streets named after former councillors.”

A council spokesman said: “Following discussions with officers and other local authorities the council has decided not to pursue the idea to name streets after service men and women who have died in the war, instead we would prefer to commemorate their bravery in other ways.”