Coventry street name honours local stalwart
A street on a new housing development in Tile Hill, Coventry has been named after a local stalwart who supported individuals with learning disabilities throughout his life.
William Lewis Walk was officially opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor John Blundell and Lady Godiva in front of a crowd of fifty.
Named after William Lewis MBE, more affectionately known as Bill, the new street was built on land previously occupied by the Torrington Centre and Workshop, which Bill managed between 1964 until his retirement in 1994. The Torrington Centre and Workshop, along with Torrington House were run by Coventry City Council until closing in 2001.
Working all his life with individuals in Coventry with learning disabilities, Bill was well-known in the area for his compassion and determination to provide additional help to those who required support, enabling them to achieve their ambitions.
Our £4.2million housing scheme developed by Bouygues UK now provides 36 one, two, three and four-bed homes and apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Local dignitaries, council workers, family, friends and representatives from learning disability organisations such as Special Olympics, Midlands Sport Centre for the disabled, Wayfarers and Lifepath all gathered to witness the official naming of the street - a fitting tribute to Bill’s lifelong work.
“My father worked tirelessly both professionally and on a voluntary basis to support individuals with learning disabilities and ensure they had access to a range of services so they could reach their true potential,” says Mark Lewis, Bill’s son who helped to organise the ceremony.
“To have a street named after him on the site where he spent much of his working life is a huge honour and a lasting memory to all those who remember him. It has been a special day for everyone and one both my family and I will not forget.”
Visited by HRH Princess Alexandra in 1985 when the Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary, it is now fitting that the area is once again helping local residents by providing much needed affordable housing.
Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Growth and Corporate Affairs at Midland Heart, says: “This area of Tile Hill has always been known for Torrington House and the Torrington Centre where Bill and his team supported individuals with learning disabilities. Once the facilities closed in 2001, it seemed fitting that the land should be utilised to help future generations.
“The official naming and opening of William Lewis Walk is the next milestone for the development and we are delighted to honour a local champion who is affectionately remembered by so many.”
The new homes form part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s new Affordable Homes Programme which aims to increase the supply of affordable homes in England by March 2018.