Rotterdam is looking for a place in the city for a tribute to former mayor Bram Peper. Several parties called for a street, square, bridge or alley – to which Bram Peper himself once referred – to be named after him.
“Bram Peper has meant a lot to Rotterdam”, says Tim de Haan (D66), who, together with six other parties, submitted a motion for a memorial site. “Rotterdam had a complicated relationship with him, but after his death there was more reflection on his significance for the city. He has been an important link for the port and workman’s city as it is today.”
De Haan also refers to the symbolic role that the former mayor had in the realization of the Erasmus Bridge. “He has been indispensable in building a bridge from North to South.”
Alderman Vincent Karremans made a commitment to look for a suitable place for a memorial. Earlier, some councilors also called for the new river crossing between North and South to be named after him.
Bram Peper was mayor of Rotterdam from 1982 to 1998. He then became Minister of the Interior in the second Kok cabinet. He died on August 20, 2022 after a short illness. He was 82 years old.