Bid to honour much-loved late vicar (and Macclesfield Street Angels instigator) with street name tribute
David Wightman Drive could become the latest road on the map in Macclesfield.
A much-loved vicar who died last year could receive a lasting tribute by having a street named after him.
Reverend David Wightman, from St Michael’s Church, in Macclesfield town centre, died on New Year’s Day 2018 while enjoying a holiday with his family.
The 73-year-old, who was a popular and well-known figure, had been walking in the Lake District.
Now calls have been made to honour his memory and name a new road after him by calling it David Wightman Drive.
The suggestion was made at a Macclesfield Town Council meeting when potential names for the street, which is a cul-de-sac off Moss Chase, were debated.
Councillor Alift Harewood said: “His service to this town and his outreach within it was very large.
“He had the ability to speak to everyone and was a much-loved and respected figure.
“It (naming the street after him) would be fitting and a kind thing to do.”
Rev Wightman was ordained as an associate vicar around 10 years ago and had been a member of the parish for several decades.
During this time he helped a number of charities and groups including Street Angels and Winter Hope Accommodation Macclesfield (WHAM).
He also played an important role in starting Hope in North East Cheshire, a project that brought dozens of churches in the region together for joint events and prayer.
At the time of his death many tributes were paid and Rev Wightman was described as ‘a fantastic leader and massively generous’ as well as a person of ‘immense influence’.
Coun Alift’s suggestion of David Wightman Drive met with unanimous approval from other members at the meeting, which was held at Macclesfield Town Hall on Friday, January 18.
This will now be put forward to Cheshire East Council.
The council says it particularly welcomes road name suggestions with a ‘local historical connection’ and streets can only be named after a person if the individual is deceased.
Suitable suggestions are kept on the Street Naming Register and if successful are put forward for a new street consultation.