Council to take lead on war memorial railings

PUBLISHED: 11:48 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:48 24 May 2013

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

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Exmouth Town Council is set to take a joint lead in the project to put railings around the Strand war memorial – in an effort to finally bring the much delayed scheme to fruition.

The railings idea, designed to stop people climbing or skateboarding on the memorial and damaging it, was first floated two years ago.

It was formally supported by the town council last summer.

However, disagreements between service associations in the town, and confusion about the role of East Devon District Council, which owns the memorial, mean it remains unprotected.

The chairman of the newly formed Exmouth war and flag pole memorial committee, Jeff Trail, therefore appealed to the council’s regeneration and general purposes committee this week to take up the matter.

He added that the railings would be much lower than the 1,100mm originally proposed.

Town clerk Colin Poole then told councillors that East Devon District Council wanted to see a formal planning application produced for the railings, so it could decide if they should go ahead.

In response, councillors said that in view of the delays, they felt they had no choice but to ‘bite the bullet’ themselves.

Committee chairman Pauline Stott said: “On Saturday I was horrified to see the war memorial covered in people.

“I think something needs to be done. It goes round and round, and I think someone’s going to have to bite the bullet.”

Councillor Steve Wragg added: “It’s in our town centre and nobody else is going to do it.”

The committee therefore resolved that the council, in partnership with the war and flag pole memorial committee, should take a lead role in fundraising for the erection of railings around the war memorial. It was also resolved that the two bodies should take joint responsibility for cleaning and maintaining the memorial.


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