Town council approves war memorial consultation

Councillors will be asking households in Bideford to vote for the memorial design of their choice at the entrance to Victoria Park. Councillors will be asking households in Bideford to vote for the memorial design of their choice at the entrance to Victoria Park.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
11:46 AM

Councillors voted to send the consultation on the new memorial in Victoria Park to 8,959 homes in the town.

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The draft consultation shown to councillors on Thursday, highlighting the five voting options.The draft consultation shown to councillors on Thursday, highlighting the five voting options.

BIDEFORD councillors have approved a range of five options for the town’s new war memorial, to be sent to nearly 9,000 homes.

The postcard poll which will be sent to local people comes after Councillor David Brenton asked in October’s meeting for a fresh consultation on the memorial.

The options include three new memorial designs for Victoria Park: the Sword of Peace, costing around £30,000 - £35,000, or a cross or obelisk, both costing around £40,000 - £50,000.

The two other options to be put out to public consultation are to move the existing memorial stones, costing around £5,000 - £10,000, or leaving the memorial as it is.

Councillors heard the suggestion of moving the stones was put forward by the Royal British Legion.

Members unanimously voted to send the consultations out by post to 8,959 homes, at a cost of £500. The results are expected to be collected in February.

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