A NEW road in Oldham will be named after a pioneering member of the Suffragettes who came from the town.
Lydia Becker Way will provide access to the £100 million regeneration scheme at Broadway Green – which contains more than 600,000 sq ft of employment space and up to 500 new homes.
And to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the decision to name the road after Lydia, whose family lived in Foxdenton Hall, off Foxdenton Lane, to honour her memory and work.
A scientist and early leader of the British suffrage movement, Lydia is remembered for founding and publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal between 1870 and 1890.
She became secretary of the Central Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1881.
Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to name this new road in honour of Lydia Becker who did so much in the fight for equality.
“There are strong links with the women’s suffrage movement here in Oldham and it’s important that we remember this, especially in the run up to International Women’s Day.”
The new link road is a major construction project in the Chadderton area, which includes the decommissioning of Crossley Bridge and the construction of a new signalised junction on Broadway.
The building of Broadway Green – a joint venture between Oldham Council and Foxdenton LLP – will create about 2,000 new jobs and provide an estimated £4.6 million annual boost to the local retail economy.
Work on the final section of Lydia Becker Way started earlier this year and is expected to last until the end of it.
Councillor Fielding added: “When complete Lydia Becker Way will actually take some of the traffic away from Broadway which will benefit users and residents.
“Broadway Green is a strategic location near the M60 and M62 and once this important development is completed it will bring many benefits, including new homes and jobs.”
Regular updates on the road work and Broadway Green will be available via Oldham Council’s website, its Twitter feed @OldhamCouncil and at www.Foxdentonllp.co.uk