War memorial fence debate continues

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2012

Archant

A scheme to encircle the war memorial with a metre-high metal fence has ignited fierce debate between Exmouth’s armed services charities and veterans’ associations.

The Royal Signals Association, the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and the Royal Marines Association back the plans, but the Royal British Legion (RBL) does not.

The town hall last month approved encircling the memorial with 1.1m-high fence, in a bid to stop people climbing and sitting on it, and skateboarders using it as stunt apparatus.

The scheme has been led by Jeff Trail, of the Royal Marines Association, who wants to protect the monument from being ‘disrespected’.

These plans have also been backed by Lionel Howe, a forces charity fundraiser and founder of the 531st Fund, and Bernard Greenaway, past chairman of the RAFA.

Mr Greenaway said: “We haven’t had a formal discussion on this, but I would imagine that the RAFA are for this plan.

“I certainly think it is a good idea.

“After all it was the RAFA who initiated putting names on the memorial, and I would not want to see it damaged further.”

But last week former Royal Marine Dave Turner, the chairman of Exmouth Royal British Legion, took issue with the plans and described the plans as a ‘cage’. And now the RBL’s poppy appeal organiser, Tom Harvey-May, has railed against the proposals.

He said: “They encircled the memorial in Exeter with what can only be described as an iron black metal cage.

“It looks a forlorn, sad abandoned-looking cross, cut off from the public.

“Do we really want that for Exmouth?”

He said that the memorial was a ‘gesture’ of gratitude from the public to the armed forces, and should be accessible by the public and called the plans a waste of money.

He added: “The whole reason that the Strand Gardens are there in the first place is the war memorial.

“Putting a metal barrier around it will look awful and destroy the whole idea.

“I would support the original plans for a fence a couple of feet high but not this.

“It won’t enhance the area.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:04

The incident, on Rolle Road, caused long queues after the water spilled out on the road at 6.30pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Dad-of-four Mark Bettridge, of Glebe Close, Lympstone, was fined £350 and given six penalty points on his driving licence after he admitted careless driving, resulting in a cyclist spending four days in intensive care

Read more
Yesterday, 17:03

Certificates and awards were presented to Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution members for their dedication to the sea safety service.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:02

Sir Hugo Swire met with patients and clinicians to discuss how to improve the lives of people suffering from anaemia as part of a drive to highlight the ‘hidden plight’ of iron deficiency.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:18

Round up of the great wildlife pictures submitted for our photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:54

Archant - the publishers of your local newspaper - will be doing its bit to help demystify digital at this Thursday’s ‘East Devon Means Business’ event.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

An Exmouth group which helps people with dementia says it would welcome new members.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:11

Local photographers capture the power of the big storm.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Exmouth’s best gardeners have had their skills recognised in the Exmouth in Bloom local gardening competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Budleigh Salterton’s lions club is warning people that if the annual fireworks display at Pinewood Nursing Home does not comply with fire safety rules, they could lose the event for next year.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications