Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Council votes not to move Bideford war memorial

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 March 2014

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

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

09:19

Fires are thought to have been started deliberately – police informed

Read more

Police, fire and ambulance services are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Roundswell, Barnstaple, during rush hour this morning.

Read more
13 minutes ago

North Devon Hospice has produced a special, limited edition Monopoly board where you can purchase landmarks all around North Devon.

Read more

A Barnstaple woman has appeared in court on two charges relating to possession of a firearm in Barnstaple last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:42

Exciting new project could add a second floor and a cafe to Ilfracombe’s Museum

Read more
Saturday, March 25, 2017

A road sign and traffic cone were left on the route from Barnstaple to Exeter overnight on Tuesday

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Treat Time opened its doors in Boutport Street earlier this month

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

After being closed for four months for refurbishment and maintenance, the museum welcomes back visitors tomorrow (Saturday, March 25)

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Schools and businesses have been taking part in Red Nose Day on Friday

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Casualty is taken to hospital by air ambulance after his leg became trapped in the agricultural machinery

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

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

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications