A SOUTHCOTE road has been named after a long-standing councillor who died in 2014.

The road, on the site of the former Elvian School, would be named after Cllr Pete Ruhemann.

He died at the age of 66 on June 3, 2014, the same day as borough elections after 30 years of service.

Cllr Jo Lovelock, leader of Reading Borough Council and Cllr Ruhemann’s wife, said: “I am very proud of the fact that people want to remember him in this way.

“He was a ward councillor for 29 years and I know first-hand how hard he worked.”

Three other new road names will be needed once demolition and then development work on the site is completed.

Other names chosen during the Wednesday, July 20 planning committee meeting of Reading Borough Council, include Bowden, in honour of political philosopher and Elvian School alumnus Jonathan Bowden; Presentation, after the school previously on the site, and Elvian.

Street names rejected include one in recognition of Mike Oldfield, another Elvian old-boy and the musician behind ground-breaking prog rock album Tubular Bells.