Council votes not to move Bideford war memorial

09:00 01 March 2014

Councillors have voted to keep the town

Councillors have voted to keep the town's war memorial in its original position in Victoria Park. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Archant

Councillors heard more than 50 per cent of people voted in public consultation for them to take no action on town’s memorial.

The three war memorial design options put out to consultation, alongside moving the existing stones, and doing nothing at all.The three war memorial design options put out to consultation, alongside moving the existing stones, and doing nothing at all.

BIDEFORD town councillors will not be moving the town’s war memorial in Victoria Park following the results of a public consultation.

At its meeting on Thursday, the council heard more than 50 per cent of people who voted in the public consultation by post earlier this year wanted no action taken.

Residents were presented with three options for a new memorial: a sword, obelisk or cross, alongside the option of moving the stones and leaving them where they are.

The consultation also outlined the cost of each design, ranging from between £30,000 and £50,000 for the sword, obelisk and cross, to nothing for taking no action.

Of the 738 people who responded to the consultation, 51 per cent wanted to keep the stones, followed by 20 per cent who wanted to move them.

Town mayor Cllr Simon Inch said he felt the council should now look at the area around the stones to see if it could be improved to make access easier.

But Cllr Phil Pester said: “This has come from Manor Court. It was sent to the council to debate and move because it wasn’t fit for purpose.

“It was a presentment which was asked for and now it’s being kicked under the table.”

However, a majority of 13 councillors with two abstentions voted to leave the stones as they are, and to investigate the possibility of improving the ground area.

Cllr Anne Brenton added: “The public has spoken. We can berate the public for their decision but perhaps we should have worked harder to get people to vote.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 23:16
The scene on the A39 tonight after two cars collided and caught fire. Picture: Kathryn-Racheal Ring

Road closed and reports of one man dragged from a blazing car as emergency services rush to the scene

Read more
Yesterday, 14:08
Green Lanes in Barnstaple.

Green Lanes Shopping Centre, Tuesday, August 4

Read more
Yesterday, 13:11
Phil Rayment photographed the Velella Velella on Westward Ho! beach.

Creature found on Westward Ho! beach is identified as a ‘by the wind sailor’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44

Police appeal for information after three birds found dead following ‘rare’ poison attack

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41
Do you recognise any of these items recovered by Barnstaple police?

Police have released a series of images of silver items believed to have been stolen in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford and South Molton.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:10
The scene of the fire in Torrington.

A woman was taken to hospital after five fire crews battled to fight blaze at Torrington terraced home.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:20
Fiona Leighton-Fowler with Jessie Head, Marie Curie fundraiser for Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

Braunton woman is raising money for Maria Curie by completing 50 challenges ahead of her 50th birthday.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Sunshine at the North Devon Show.

The North Devon Show returns on Wednesday, August 5, with a jam-packed list of events. Find out 10 of the best things to look forward to here...

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
ndg Orchard Vale Exmoor Youth Challenge Team with money raised.

Pupils raise £475.50 for Children’s Hospice South West with charity trek.

Read more
Thu, 14:41

Young people sprayed from passing car with ‘aggravating’ mysterious liquid

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder