Southwark Council named the park near Timber Pond Road after the Mayflower rather the late funeral director Barry Albin-Dyer because the stand at Fisher FC was seen as a more “fitting” tribute.
The announcement that the park was to be called Mayflower Park raised questions from Liberal Democrat councillors and residents who thought the plan was for it to be named after Barry.
But the council chose to name it after the Mayflower after talking with the family, who said they liked both ideas and agreed with the stand at Fisher.
Surrey Docks Cllr David Hubber questioned the council’s decision saying a number of people were “unhappy” with it, and that they would have liked the park to be named after him.
Councillor Maisie Anderson, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure, said: “We really wanted to find a fitting way help commemorate Barry in the local community.
“After meeting with Barry’s family, we agreed that naming a stand after him at the newly completed St Paul’s Sports Ground, the new home of Fisher FC a team we know he closely supported, would the most fitting tribute.”
Whilst the family are happy with the tribute for their father at the new Stadium they feel the process of naming new areas In Rotherhithe should involve the local community and council and if it is the wish that the park be named after Barry than that should be considered.
They are very grateful to the local residents and councillors for the lovely gesture.
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