But a campaign by the Rotherham Advertister, backed by hundreds of readers, to have a town square named after the comic siblings, was rejected by the council’s scrutiny committee earlier this month.
Cllr Brian Steele, the committee's chairman, said: "As the Chuckle Brothers and their family are from Maltby, it is recommended naming a street or play area [after them] in new housing there".
Paul Chuckle disappointed as Rotherham councillors reject 'Chuckle Square' proposal https://t.co/zpADy8Rf9R— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) February 15, 2019
The controversial decision to turn down the request for the square to be renamed Chuckle Square has been condemned by Andrew Mosley, editor of the Rotherham Advertiser.
"This seems like another massive council PR own-goal and a missed opportunity. Let’s face it, Rotherham town centre needs a good news story," he said.
The idea of naming the square after the comedy duo came about after the death of Barry last August.
Mosley held a meeting with a council officer and a member of the council’s comms team in a bid to have the council make a decision in September.
But it came to nothing.
Mosley sympathises with the council’s comms team and told PRWeek: "I think they are definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place. They presented our idea and then the whole thing just stopped, which is probably more of a sign of the speed at which local authorities work."
Several months on, the council finally took a vote on the proposal this month but rejected it.
Mosley commented: "The actual refusal of the idea was extremely disappointing, especially as we weren't given a reason for it, other than 'a tribute in Maltby would be more appropriate as that is where the brothers are from' – which is actually incorrect."
Paul Elliott told the Rotherham Advertiser: "Cllr Brian Steele has got his facts wrong. We were born and bred in Rotherham."
#Rotherham Council REFUSES to honour comedy legends the #Chuckle Brothers - despite 700 people signing our #ChuckleSquare #petition. Editor @MosleyAndrew says it's a "slap in the face for Barry and Paul and all they have done to put Rotherham on the map". https://t.co/K03aklShER pic.twitter.com/FVvYS5lW0D— Rotherham Advertiser (@rotherhamtiser) February 13, 2019
Fans of the Chuckle Brothers have attacked the council’s decision. Cat Potter tweeted to Paul: "I think it's disgusting. The council are wrong. You and Barry have brought happiness and laughter into people's lives. The least they can do is honour you both!!"
Absolutely gutted that Rotherham council have rejected plans to rename the square Chuckle Square. The Chuckle brothers are iconic and God knows Rotherham desperately needs something positive happening instead of the crap that they are currently famous for!— Carol storer (@Carolstorer7) February 15, 2019
Chuckle Brothers: Fury at Rotherham for not naming square after Paul and Barry | Daily Star: https://t.co/eeB2Qhg6iI— pops (@pops131) February 15, 2019
BBC News - Chuckle Brothers: Rotherham council rejects town square plan https://t.co/q1hOOvCZME— marilyn besta (@MarilynBesta) February 14, 2019
Council responseA Rotherham Council spokesman told PRWeek: "Councillors sitting on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board debated the issue on 13 February after a petition was presented at full council by the local newspaper, the Rotherham Advertiser."
He added: "Their recommendation was to name a street name or play area in a housing development in Maltby after the Chuckle brothers, who had lived in this area of the borough."
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