‘Lawrie Reilly Place’ is set to go before the council as an option for a street name beside the Hibs stadium, following concerns a shortened version was not an appropriate tribute.
Despite guidelines stating that the use of a first and second name is “not advisable”, local councillors Alex Lunn, Stefan Tymkewycz and Joan Griffiths are hoping their united front, combined with the support from hundreds of members of the public to name the street after the Famous Five striker, will encourage the planning committee to make an exception.
Cllr Lunn, a Hearts fan who kicked off the campaign after being informed of plans to name the new street Thyne Place after 19th century printmaker William Thyne, said: “I think Lawrie Reilly Place, as opposed to Reilly Place, is more appropriate. It is a full testament to his achievements, and also means there will be no confusion in the future over who exactly the street was named after.”
This reasoning was echoed by his fellow SNP councillor Tymkewycz, while Labour councillor Joan Griffiths – also a Hearts season ticket holder – said she had been impressed by the Evening News campaign to have the street named after the Famous Five striker, who passed away last year.
She said: “I am hoping that the support of myself and the other two councillors, plus the support of the public, will give this proposal more strength when it goes before the planning committee.”
It is understood Thyne Place will still be offered as an option along with Lawrie Reilly Place when the proposal is considered by the committee.
Cllr Sandy Howat, who serves as vice-convener of the planning committee, warned that the committee could reject the full name due to council guidelines.
A council spokeswoman said: “Our guidance states that it is preferable to have names of no more than three syllables.
“This makes them easier to understand over the telephone, for example, when people are speaking to the emergency services.”
The campaign has already managed to circumvent guidance that a street should not be named after someone until at least ten years after their death.