Petition launched to rename M20 roundabout in Maidstone after legendary DJ Dave Cash
PUBLISHED: 16:57 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 08 March 2017
The radio presenter lived in Hollingbourne before his death aged 74 last year
A campaign has been launched to rename a key Kent roundabout after the county’s legendary DJ Dave Cash.
The radio presenter, who lived in Hollingbourne before his death aged 74 last year, was frequently spotted by supporters using the roundabout off junction 8 of the M20 in Maidstone.
Cash worked for BBC Radio One and Capital, as well as BBC Radio Kent, after beginning his career in broadcasting in Canada.
Now, one fan, Anna Bond, has launched a petition, which so far has more than 200 signatures, to be delivered to nearby MP Helen Grant in a bid to name the junction Dave Cash Corner.
“Dave used this roundabout on a daily basis, whether it be on his journey to BBC Kent or heading in and out of Maidstone,” Ms Bond said.
“Dave would always ask his travel reporter towards the end of his programme, whether the route to J8 was clear as his home was approximately a mile from the junction.
“He would often be spotted at the roundabout driving his branded 4x4.
“Dave laid down a sound track for millions of peoples lives in his career spanning over 50 years. He is sorely missed.
“We feel that to rename this roundabout would be one of the many ways we can remember Dave Cash for years to come.”
It comes after Dartford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite slammed plans to stop town halls naming roads after local heroes.
Worried council chiefs have reportedly issued advice to local authorities across the country not to re-name streets after people because they might one day be linked to inappropriate activities.
Bosses in Leeds were left red-faced and with a large bill to pay after having to replace signs named after Jimmy Savile, who was notoriously outed as a paedophile after his death in 2011.
Cllr Kite last year approved a bid to re-name a street after murdered teenager, Claire Tiltman, who was stabbed multiple times in an alleyway close to her home in Greenhithe in 1993 and told us last month his authority would continue to honour local heroes they felt were deserving of such recognition.
“It’s a load of nonsense, and part of this tendency to suck the goodwill and spirit out of anything that makes a community,” he said.
Mrs Grant declined to comment because junction 8 does not fall within her constituency, nor does where Mr Cash used to live.
The petition can be viewed here.