The square could retain the name that is currently used by locals: the Terloplein. Locals could opt for Maria Rosseelsplein in recognition of the renowned author and journalist who lived in the neighbourhood. A third proposal is for the square to be named after a freedom fighter that was instrumental in ejecting the Spanish coloniser from Morocco's Rif Mountains in 1921. Under this proposal the square would bear the name al-Khattabiplein.
Though Borgerhout boasts a large Moroccan community the possibility that the square could bear the name of a Moroccan freedom fighter has triggered stiff opposition in some quarters. Opposition parties on the district council, the Flemish nationalist N-VA, the liberals and the far right, oppose the choice.
Liberal councillor Thomas Heiremans: "The left wing district council leadership is using local residents to create a dispute between communities in Borgerhout."
Zohra Othman, district city cabinet member for the far left Labour Party: "I can't see why this would be a provocation. The guy fought for the independence of Morocco. We will soon celebrate 50 years of Moroccan immigration. It's quite possible the guy has a place in the history of Borgerhout."
Borgerhout is currently governed by a coalition of socialists, greens and the far-left.