Bellshill political stalwart is honoured ‘by the way’

James Dempsey Way 3
James Dempsey Way 3
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THE upgraded gap site next to Bellshill Main Street, renamed in memory of one of the town’s most noted political stalwarts, has been formally opened.

Over £250,000 has been spent on improving pedestrian access through new paving, lighting and seating at the walkway which links the Main Street with the town’s Morrisons store.

And the site has been renamed Dempsey Way in honour of James Dempsey who served as a councillor for Bellshill in the 1940s and 1950s.

It was officially opened by North Lanarkshire Council Provost Tom Curley at a ceremony attended by local councillors and members of the Dempsey family and friends.

James Dempsey served for 14 years as councillor for the Bellshill South ward of the former Lanark County Council and was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind the building of the Orbiston estate in the 1950s.

For full story see August 18 edition of Bellshill Speaker.