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Petitioning Avant Homes, Leeds Civic Trust, Leeds City Council

A memorial to Charles Henry Roe

Charles Henry Roe was born 22nd May 1887 in York. In 1917 he established the legendary business that bore his name (Charles H Roe Carriageworks in Cross Gates) where he was MD until 1952. He died 30th November 1965. The business continued through British Leyland until closure in 1984. A group of ex employees pooled their redundancy money and Optare commended building buses in 1985. In 2011 the Cross Gates factory closed (and the Optare business relocated to a new factory in Sherburn) being demolished in 2012 with house building soon following. Transport Yorkshire Preservation Group (and other local historic transport collections) have done what we can to save some of the buses made by Roe and Optare but we would like a small memorial to the man himself and the legacy he created, ideally on or near the former Cross Gates Carriageworks site. Most of the other Leeds transport pioneers have been honoured with a blue plaque or similar (list includes the Hunslet Engine Company, J&H McLaren, John Fowler, Thomas Grainger's railway roundhouse in Armley, Samuel Ledgard, Robert Blackburn and John Smeaton) so the absence of recognition to Mr C H Roe is notable. We hereby petition Avant Homes, Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds City Council to allow the creation of a memorial to him in Cross Gates.
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