Road named in Steve’s memory

Former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver
Former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver
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A lasting memorial is to be created in Blackpool to former council chief executive Steve Weaver who died tragically in a cycling accident in France.

A road linking the new council offices and the new Sainsbury’s, both part of the Central Business District in Talbot Gateway, is to be named 
Weaver Way.

Mr Weaver played a key role in securing the regeneration of that part of the town centre, as well as in other schemes including the tramway and Promenade upgrades.

He died on May 28 in a hit and run accident while cycling along a country road, from Malaucène to Veaux, in Provence, while on holiday.

The 64-year-old, who was from Blackburn, suffered serious head and arm injuries. An air ambulance was called but he died before it arrived.

He was cremated in France on June 3 but a memorial service is taking place on Monday at 12.30pm at Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate his life.

Friends and former colleagues have been invited to attend and Mr Weaver’s family has asked for donations in his memory to be made to Save the Children or Oxfam.

Further tributes were paid to Mr Weaver at Wednesday’s full meeting of the council.

Former council leader Coun Peter Callow recalled the role Mr Weaver played in the purchase of the Tower and Winter Gardens by the council.

He said: “I think he did a wonderful job for Blackpool under both administrations.”

Coun Pamela Jackson said Mr Weaver had taken a personal interest when her husband Fred, also a councillor, had been taken ill several years ago.

She said: “Who got on the phone to me, who got on the phone every day? Steve Weaver.”

A new edition of a book about the Winter Gardens will also include a tribute to Mr Weaver. The police investigation in France into the accident is still ongoing.