Local streets named by school children

Published Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Competition winners with Maltby Academy principal, Cllr Rushforth & Wates representatives
Maltby Academy competition winners; Isabell Angell, Daisy Mellor, Lucy Halpin with Cllr Amy Rushforth, Martin Thomas (Maltby Academy), Chris Eccles (Principal Maltby Academy) and Martin Tonks (Wates Residential North).

A number of new street names have been chosen by children living near one of the borough’s newest estates.

Pupils from Maltby Academy won a competition to name the new roads, which are part of a new housing development near their school called the Northgate development.

The children were given the opportunity to pick the names following an activity raising awareness about safety near building sites. The houses are being built as part of a deal between Rotherham Council and developer Wates Residential North to create new homes across a number of sites in the borough.

The winning names are Waterstone Close, Colliery Court and Meadow Walk. The winners were also each given HD tablets.

Cllr Dominic Beck, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Congratulations to the pupils for picking such great names. These could well remain for hundreds of years to come, so they really have created a piece of history.

“One of our key commitments is to ensure we have enough new affordable homes for families to live in and I am glad to see this site coming together so well.”

Wates Residential North worked closely with students to teach them about how to act responsibly and stay safe near building sites, running safety poster competitions and, most recently, inviting them to name streets on the development.

Martin Tonks, Wates Residential North, New Build Manager added: "We wanted to get local children involved to highlight the dangers of construction sites in an engaging and interactive way. The street naming competition and other activities have also been a great way to get students involved in this important project for their local area.

“We hope the children now understand more about how important safety is around building sites, while also helping them to develop an interest in the construction industry.”

The new Maltby development will feature 98 properties in total. These properties will include two bedroom apartments for shared ownership and three and four bedroom houses for sale.