Wiltshire Publications

Time running out for road naming petition

THE petition to have a road name after the late Matravers headteacher Nigel Gilhespy is coming to a close, and organisers are appealing for people to sign before it is too late.

Local man Radek Evans has been going door-to-door in the town to try and rack up signatures to have a road named after his late headteacher Nigel Gilhespy.

Nigel was the popular headteacher of Matravers for nearly 20 years from 1986 to 2005, before he died in 2006. At the ‘Class of 94’ reunion last year, the petition was started to have one of Westbury’s new roads named Gilhespy Way.

Radek said, “Over 20,000 people went to Matravers during Nigel’s time there, and there must be plenty more who’d like to sign it.

“I chose to join the campaign because Nigel did a lot for me. I have speech and language difficulties and couldn’t talk when I joined the school. Nigel took me in when no-one else wanted me.

“It’s not a huge thing but I think the road naming would be a nice gesture.”

You can sign the petition  online at Avaaz by going to  www.tinyurl.com/px6uk32 or in person in Westbury town centre at Davies Hardware, Bath Bakery, Cards Plus, Westbury Heritage Centre,  or Forrester Pet Supplies.