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Spalding housing development to be named after leader of suffragette movement

Posted 24 August 2018

Pankhurst housing development
A new housing development in Spalding will be named in honour of political activist and suffragette movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst, in what is the centenary year of the first women being recognised with the right to vote.

Welland Homes' new scheme Pankhurst Close, located near Parkside Crescent in Spalding, has recently started on-site to develop 10 two-bedroom private rent homes which will be completed in the spring of 2019.

The name was chosen following a proposal from Welland Homes board member Councillor Elizabeth Sneath, which was then approved after being opened up for a period of feedback and consultation.  

Cllr Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing and health, said: "The new development of Parkside Crescent is excellent news and a great opportunity for Spalding to further strengthen its housing provision.

Emmeline Pankhurst portrait
"The decision to recognise Emmeline Pankhurst in the naming of the street is one I welcome, especially with the special significance of this centenary year."

South Holland District Council Heritage Champion Cllr Elizabeth Sneath said: "It is fantastic to see this monumental moment in the long struggle for equal rights for women being properly recognised, ensuring that the memory of those who showed great commitment and made huge sacrifices so that we all have the right to vote will continue far into the future.

"I feel very proud that my proposal for Pankhurst Close is being implemented, and hope that the name will inspire even just a few people to research the history behind it both in South Holland, which has a deep and far-reaching history of women in politics, but also further afield as well."