A local Councillor has asked Renfrewshire Council to consider naming a new street after the late Derek Parker.

Parker, who was from Elderslie was well known and loved by many locals. He was a leading member of the Johnstone History Society, a journalist at the Paisley Daily Express and served at the Kilbarchan Athletics Club as a coach.

He was also a countryside ranger at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park from 1985 till 1999.

Tributes poured in last month after he passed away after a short illness.
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Local Councillor Andy Doig has asked the council to name a new street in Johnstone that will be created as a result of the new Town Hall.

The new street is supposed to be called Church Lane, leading from Church Street but Cllr Doig think it should be called ‘Parker’s Way’.

Cllr Doig said: “The proposed street will be very close to the new Johnstone Library which is part of the exciting town hall development.

“The old library, which was a second home for Derek as he spent hours there researching his articles and books, was
also on the same site, so it is very appropriate that a street is named after him very close to where he penned some of his most memorable work, Derek I am sure would like that.

“For a street or lane which acts as a passage way between Church Street and the historic Houston Square, that name seems to resonate with me as one which his friends and family across Johnstone and the villages would easily recognise as being associated with the late Derek Parker and his memory.

“Resurrection, rebirth, and spiritual regeneration, were always central and recurring themes in Derek’s writings.

“Therefore, to associate Derek’s name with a project, through the naming of a new street Parker’s Way, which symbolises the rebirth of Johnstone as a community is an idea which to me is very valid and I would urge Renfrewshire Council to give it every consideration”.