‘Chuckle Square’ tribute to be considered by councillors

Petition: Victoria Street, Kilnhurt
Petition: Victoria Street, Kilnhurt

A Rotherham precinct could be renamed Chuckle Square in memory of entertainer Barry Elliott, who died last year, if councillors uphold a 681 name petition asking for the change.

Rotherham Councillors who sit on the authority’s scrutiny board will be asked to decide whether to support the application when they meet on Wednesday February 14, after the petition was submitted to the council last month.

It has been gathered by the Rotherham Advertiser newspaper and would see the area outside Boots’ store in the town centre renamed Chuckle Square, in memory of Mr Elliott.

He was better known as Barry Chuckle, one half of the town’s Chuckle Brothers who became an entertainment phenomenon.

He died in August last year, aged 73, following a short illness.

If scrutiny board members reject the proposal, there will be no further action, but if it is approved the idea will be discussed further within the council.

At the same meeting, a petition calling for a pelican crossing in Victoria Street, Kilnhurst, will also be discussed.

A zebra crossing already exists on the road, but around 1,400 people have signed a petition calling for it to be upgraded, because of the record of collisions in the vicinity and the number of children and older people who have to cross the road in that area.

In each case, the lead petitioner will have opportunity to address councillors and question officers for up to five minutes on matters surrounding their applications.