Care home gets a new name as fitting memorial to Ernie

REMEMBERED Ernie Crouch
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THE life of a dedicated councillor and alderman will be marked by the renaming of a sheltered housing scheme.

Former Fareham mayor Ernie Crouch died in November, aged 86.

As reported, a civic funeral saw hundreds pack Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham, to pay their respects.

Mr Crouch spent many years working as a councillor and had held the role of executive member for housing. He was admitted to the roll of Honorary Aldermen in July 2010.

Councillors at Fareham Borough Council agreed to rename Collingwood Housein Gibraltar Close, Fareham, in his memory at the last full council meeting.

Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward put forward the motion.

He said: ‘I am sure you will all be aware of the legacy of Ernie Crouch to the borough and I feel it appropriate to recognise his hard work.

‘He had a great love for housing and I believe it something Ernie would have much appreciated.

‘There is an opportunity now to permanently remember him through the renaming of Collingwood House.’

Collingwood House, off Stow Crescent, is undergoing a £5m programme of redevelopment, and has been demolished to allow developer Leadbitter rebuild the 40 apartments for people aged 55 or over.

Councillors also agreed to keep the links to HMS Collingwood, the nearby shore establishment of the Royal Navy, by naming the shared lounge at the housing scheme the Collingwood Lounge.

Chairman of the housing tenancy board, Cllr Peter Davies said: ‘Ernie spent 30 years as the member for housing.

‘This is one way of the council saying thanks and honouring his impressive service to the borough.

‘This change reflects how grateful we are and I am pleased that the link to Collingwood will stay. With his naval background, I am sure Ernie would have loved it.’

Other councillors gave their support to the plan.

Fareham East ward Cllr Katrina Trott said: ‘This is a very fitting tribute for him, to honour all his work on housing.’

Titchfield ward Cllr Connie Hockley added: ‘He used to sit next to me and tell me what to say, he was very much my mentor and I feel this motion is very fitting.’

Ernest Crouch House is expected to be completed by January 2015.