Dudley street named after local history teacher

A new development off Cochrane Road, Brierley Hill has been named in tribute to a local teacher.

2nd Dec 2021 - Developments
By  Sarah O'Leary

Kate Fox Drive has been named in memory of Kate Fox, a much-loved teacher who had worked at Thorns Collegiate Academy in Quarry Bank for more than 20 years. Last year Kate sadly passed away after being admitted to hospital and diagnosed with Covid-19.

The development has seen the first 12 residents move in this week.

Last year was a difficult year for many of us and I wanted to find a way to pay tribute and say thank you to local key workers who had lost their lives during the pandemic. After speaking with Kate’s family and the local authority, we thought this would be a fitting way to leave a lasting memory in the local area and to pay our respects to Kate.

Terri McDonald, Project Manager, Midland Heart

Nikki Ashley, Kate’s wife, said: “This is a very fitting tribute to Kate as she was a history teacher, and we are sure she would have been so proud to be remembered in this way.”

Manny Kelay, Principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy said: “Kate was a much-loved member of staff, who was well respected by students and colleagues. The road sign is a fantastic tribute to her and means that her name will be known by our local community for years to come.”

Adam Daniels, Managing Director, West Midlands at Countryside, the mixed-tenure developer leading the regeneration of the site, said: “This is a project that puts the community first, transforming two former brownfield sites into a new neighbourhood of 153 high-quality homes for shared ownership or affordable rent. So, it feels appropriate that the first homes to be completing here should be on a road named after someone who gave so much to the local community.”

The housing development is made up of 132 one, two, three and four bed apartments and family homes, and is built on the site of the former Stokes Forgings metal works site. The development is part of Midland Heart’s partnership with Countryside, which will deliver 1,000 affordable homes across the Midlands.

Kate's family standing around Kate Fox Drive street sign

Pictured L-R: Manny Kelay (Principal), Emma Faulkner (Kate's sister), Brian Fox (Kate's dad), Nikki Ashley (Kate's wife), Liza Bushell (Kate's sister) and Tilly Bushell (Kate's niece).