Labour is today urging all Local Authorities to consider offering bereaved service families the chance to name streets after their loved ones.
Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary and Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, are today writing to all Local Authorities to propose that they offer this lasting commemoration for service personnel killed in the line of duty.
Labour believe that local councils offering to introduce new street names would be a meaningful, lasting and respectful way to show the value we place on those who have served and been lost.
This is practice already conducted by Barking and Dagenham Council, which Labour believes should be replicated up and down the country.
The process would be as follows:
• The families of fallen personnel who lived in the Local Authority Area would be asked whether they would like a road or street named in memory of their loved one.
• In consultation with the family, the location and precise name of a road or street is decided on. Local residents in the street will also be consulted.
• The Council offers to organise an official opening ceremony of the street or road, to which other members of the local community, family and friends as well as service charities could be invited.
This is one of a number of measures Labour has proposed for Local Authorities to support the service community:
• Promoting the Veterans Interview Programme, helping veterans back to work. More information here.
• Implementing a Veterans’ Champion, supporting veterans who return from the frontline. More information here.
• Encouraging participation in the Community Covenant. More information here.
Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“This is a way for local people to show their solidarity and sympathy. A lasting personal memorial would demonstrate the value we place on individuals who have served but been lost in the defence of our country.
“Those who have been lost will always be remembered and loved by their families. Street naming will be a chance for their names to live publicly and forever.”
Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:
“Barking and Dagenham Council have found a visible and enduring way for their local community to honour the memory of residents that have fallen in the brave service of our nation. Naming streets is one of the many ways that local authorities can support our service community and pay tribute to those that have made the greatest sacrifice.”