The leader of Scarborough Council has said naming the town’s proposed sports village after boxing great Paul Ingle would be a “worthy” tribute to the former world champion.
Cllr Tom Fox publicly backed the proposal, as he called for voters to have their say on the naming of the Weaponness sports village.
And his comments come as visible progress has been made at the long-delayed site this week.
Last week, Labour leader Eric Broadbent headed calls for the former IBF champ’s name to adorn the multi-million pound development, after the featherweight’s family and friends bemoaned the lack of official recognition for Ingle in his hometown.
And after the Labour group raised the issue at the town hall on Friday, Cllr Fox said: “I echo what Cllr Broadbent has said about public consultation and Paul Ingle is certainly very worthy of such an honour, as are many others from our borough.
“I certainly support the need for public consultation when we start to look at the naming of the site, the stadium and other things around the development.”
The Labour group are now likely to push forward with plans to formally raise the naming notion at a future council meeting.
And it comes in a week that council contractors started to clean up the “overgrown” Weaponness site, after the authority formally entered a deal with developers Wrenbridge to build the state-of-the-art leisure village.
Workers started chopping away at vegetation on Monday, and the authority says the jointly funded clean-up operation has been carefully timed to coincide with the bird nesting season.
This will be followed by a ground radar survey, and a spokesperson for Scarborough Council said that it is likely that further ground investigations will be carried out at a later date.
They added that this is “normal practice” when preparing for any major new development of this kind.