Councillors consider plan to move Barnoldswick war memorial

Lancashire Telegraph: TRIBUTE Barnoldswick war memorial could be relocated TRIBUTE Barnoldswick war memorial could be relocated

THE WAR Memorial in Barnoldswick could be moved to the town’s Memorial Gardens as part of a refurbishment.

Discussions have taken place between town councillors and Pendle Council over relocating the memorial, currently in Wellhouse Road, to the gardens, which are undergoing a refurbishment as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The costs of moving the memorial have been estimated at £20,000, and councillors said discussions were still taking place over whether to press ahead with the move.

Coun David Whipp said: “The town council had a three day consultation last week and the responses, of which there were a few hundred, are still being analysed.

“Having listened to people at that consultation it is clear that there are pros and cons, some people very much support the plan, others think it is fine where it is.”

The Memorial Gardens were originally created in memory of those killed in the Second World War, and it was suggested to the town council that the War Memorial would be a fitting centrepiece for the renovation taking place this spring.

Coun Whipp said: “The plus points are that Memorial Gardens provide a lot more space and at the current location it is very difficult to accommodate everybody on Remembrance Sunday.

“The Memorial Gardens has also lost its role, it is not used on Remembrance Sunday, but having the memorial there gives the gardens a purpose for the future.

“The downsides are that it would not be quite as central as it is at the moment, and we have to consider the cost of moving it as well, although there could be the opportunity to get some charitable funding towards the cost.”

The town council will further consider moving the memorial at their next meeting on Wednesday.

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6:44pm Thu 23 Feb 12

ste.g says...

it seems to me the memorial doesn't fit in with someones plans on the council.i say leave it alone.
its a memorial and should be treat as such so stop interfering with something that was put there with the intention of it staying there to honour the people that gave lives.
as for the £20,000 spend it on something worthwhile.there is a recession on or had you forgot....
it seems to me the memorial doesn't fit in with someones plans on the council.i say leave it alone. its a memorial and should be treat as such so stop interfering with something that was put there with the intention of it staying there to honour the people that gave lives. as for the £20,000 spend it on something worthwhile.there is a recession on or had you forgot.... ste.g

8:50am Sat 25 Feb 12

waynesgirl says...

This is absolutely ridiculous. The war memorial should be left alone! My granddad, tom mullarkey used to lead the cadets to this every year as sargent major and he'd turn in his grave to hear this news. Spend the 20 grand on something we REALLY need like getting some job centre services in barnoldswick!
This is absolutely ridiculous. The war memorial should be left alone! My granddad, tom mullarkey used to lead the cadets to this every year as sargent major and he'd turn in his grave to hear this news. Spend the 20 grand on something we REALLY need like getting some job centre services in barnoldswick! waynesgirl

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