Take a drive down ‘Winkelman Way’ in Milton Keynes

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Rutherford Road, Vettel Drive and even Winkelman Way could be future additions to the Milton Keynes map.

That’s because support is growing for Milton Keynes Council to change its street naming policy in order for the city’s best living success stories to be permanently recognised and celebrated.

They could include London 2012 hero Greg Rutherford, Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing and MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.

Currently only the names of dead people are allowed to be used in street naming, while most city estates have their own seemingly random ‘theme’ for naming roads.

Many are based on local history of those areas, but the street names of some estates are inspired by other subjects, including Birds of Prey and Fields for Eaglestone, Food and Grasses in Beanhill, Stars of the Silver Screen in Oxley Park, London Underground Stations for Monkston Park, English Cricket for Oldbrook and even Cornish Villages in Fishermead.

Leading the call for the council to change its policy in order to put the city’s most celebrated individuals on the map is UKIP Councillor Lee Barney, of Walton Park ward.

He said: “As a city Milton Keynes did nothing to celebrate Greg Rutherford’s win at the Olympics in 2012 and that is a shameful mark that will hang over the city for a very long time.

“It is time to change this out dated and out of touch policy and put the people that make Milton Keynes so great straight on the map.

“Milton Keynes is on the map and it is time to put the living greats on there too, and showcase just how great this city is.”

Planning permission for housing developers Gazeley to build a giant ‘leaping man’ statute on the A421 Fen Street Roundabout near junction 13 of the M1 in honour of Greg Rutherford was granted in September.

And Douglas McCall, Lib Dem Councillor for Newport Pagnell South, thinks the idea of changing the policy to allow for a street to be named after the long-jump gold medallist and others is one worth looking at.

“I’m not opposed to the idea and it would probably be a popular decision,” he said.

“Some politicians want to do the popular thing at the time, but you have got to think it through properly. I’m sure the policy is already in place for good reasons.”