Councillors set to make 'strong recommendation' to name street after Tom Gilzean following Evening News petition

More than 4,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 7:16 am

Councillors are set to consider a recommendation to add Tom Gilzean's name to the street names bank at a meeting on Thursday.

A motion put forward by the Lord Provost Frank Ross states that councillors are likely to give a "strong recommendation" for an appropriate street or area be named after the legendary fundraiser.

The motion could also see Edinburgh City Council recommend the new Sick Kids hospital be named which is being constructed in Little France.

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Tom Gilzean when he received the Edinburgh Award in 2014

The move follows a petition by the Evening News to name a street after Mr Gilzean which has been signed by more than 4,000 people.

It was set up after Inverleith councillor Gavin Barrie called for the council to name a street or area after the well-loved figure, who died on Monday 4 November at the age of 99.

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The motion, due to be discussed at the next full council meeting on Thursday 21 November, adds that the council "acknowledges the enormous contribution" Mr Gilzean made to Edinburgh.

It states: "Council notes the recent passing of Tom Gilzean MBE, recipient of the Edinburgh Award in 2014.

"Council acknowledges the enormous contribution Tom made to the City and in particular his sizable fundraising effort which made him so iconic in the Capital.

"Council notes that a book of condolence in City Chambers was been opened on the 7th of November. Also notes the calls for Tom’s name to be added to the Edinburgh street naming bank.

"Council therefore recommends that the Development Management Sub-Committee, give this consideration with a strong recommendation from Full Council that Tom’s name is added to the street names bank with a view to an appropriate street or area being named after him.

"Council also requests the Lord Provost write to the Scottish Government to ask them to consider recognising Tom’s contribution to Edinburgh and the Children’s hospital when naming the new hospital."