Memorial 'is safe' pledge
PUBLISHED: 16:55 26 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, JULY 26: there is no cause for alarm about the fate of the war memorial in the Strand Gardens should the area be upgraded under plans currently being considered by local councils. That was the message this week from East Devon District Council's new champion for E
there is no cause for alarm about the fate of the war memorial in the Strand Gardens should the area be upgraded under plans currently being considered by local councils.That was the message this week from East Devon District Council's new champion for Exmouth, Councillor Darryl NicholasDevon County Council and EDDC are working with Exmouth Town Council, local residents, business-people and visitors to come up with a new vision for The Strand.At a consultation day in June, a Royal British Legion representative stated that they would not in principle mind the memorial being moved within the gardens to a more accessible and convenient spot for remembrance ceremonies.Councillor Nicholas said: "There is no need for a campaign against removal of - or changes to the style or shape of - the war memorial. No one is suggesting that. "The memorial plays a crucial role in educating future generations - making sure they never forget the brave sacrifice made by men and women in safeguarding the freedoms we too often take for granted today."In my opinion, it should be the centrepiece of an area of The Strand that is set aside for quiet reflection and respect for the older members of the community as well as remembering those who have served our country in more recent and current conflicts. Let's stop worrying about a non-existent threat to the war memorial and start thinking of some positive ideas to improve the whole area for the benefit of young and old alike.